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Career criminal killed in scuffle with police

A man who tried to take a police officer’s gun was shot and killed by police Tuesday in Grants Pass.

Josephine County District Attorney Ryan Mulkins identified Brandon Christopher Jones, 39, as the man who was killed at the Oregon State Police office.

Jones had been brought in for questioning as a suspect in an ongoing investigation, Mulkins told KTVL News 10 on Tuesday at a press conference.

Jones’ criminal history in Josephine County dates back more than two decades. His earliest felony conviction was in 1997, when he admitted to a count of first-degree sexual abuse.

He was later convicted of second- and third-degree theft in 2004, court records indicate. Jones was convicted of two counts of harassment as well as second-degree criminal mischief in 2009. In 2010, he was convicted of fourth-degree assault, menacing and interference with a peace/parole and probation officer.

In 2011, Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree. He was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender two years later.

Jones was convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2014.

Details on what happened were not immediately divulged. OSP troopers sustained minor injuries during the struggle, but no other individual was killed.

Oregon House Republican Leader Carl Wilson, R-Grants Pass, thanked OSP for its quick action in a press release, saying the troopers likely saved lives.

“We are deeply thankful to the brave troopers who courageously performed their duties under life-threatening circumstances,” Wilson stated in the release.

Contact Mail Tribune reporting intern Joe Wolf at jwolf@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4368. Follow him on Twitter @JoeCharlesWolf

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