Rogue River man injured in Josephine County shooting
A Rogue River man has been hospitalized, and police and prosecutors are investigating after an alleged drunken driver was shot on Redwood Highway while trying to evade a citizens arrest.
Bryan Eugene Fitzgerald, 31, of Rogue River, was rushed to a Medford hospital Thursday evening with a gunshot wound after police say Fitzgerald struck two pedestrians with a van, and was shot by one of the pedestrians in apparent self-defense, according to a release issued by Oregon State Police Friday.
At about 6 p.m. Thursday, OSP and emergency personnel were en route to a complaint of a drunken driver swerving all over the road about 2 miles south of Wilderville on Highway 199.
At one point, according to police, Fitzgerald stopped the van at the side of the road. Two individuals, identified as Harley Tyrie, 32, and Brandy Newell, 31, both of Grants Pass, tried to detain Fitzgerald in the van until police could arrive.
While attempting to flee, police say Fitzgerald struck Tyrie and Newell with the van.
Tyrie drew a gun, fired into the moving vehicle and struck Fitzgerald.
First responders on Thursday rushed Fitzgerald to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. Fitzgerald’s blood alcohol level was registered at the hospital .30 BAC, nearly four times the .08 legal limit.
As of Friday, no charges have been filed in the incident. OSP detectives are working with the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office in the case.
Jackson County Circuit Court records show that Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to a prior driving under the influence of intoxicants conviction in November of last year stemming from a July 2019 arrest, and that his drivers license is suspended until November 2022.