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Suspect captured after GP shooting

Matthew Cole Bryan
Grants Pass police respond to a disturbance on Northeast D Street in which shots were reported fired before dawn Monday. [Grants Pass police photo]

One man is in the Josephine County Jail following an overnight disturbance in northeast Grants Pass that reportedly involved shots fired, caused a three-hour manhunt and prompted police to evacuate a mother and two small children.

Matthew Cole Bryan, 32, is in jail on charges of felony second-degree assault and weapon use. He is accused of fighting with another man inside a house in the 400 block of Northeast D Street and firing several gunshots early Monday, according to a news release from Grants Pass police.

At 1:45 a.m. Monday, a woman called 911 reporting that two men — only one of whom she knew — were fighting inside her home.

Police said they heard the gunshots being fired from inside the residence as they arrived.

Officers found the woman who first called police in the driveway as she was loading two small children into her vehicle. They helped evacuate the mother and children from the scene.

Inside the home, a male resident involved in the fight identified the shooting suspect as Matthew Cole Bryan, 32.

Police secured a perimeter around the area, and found Bryan at 4:40 a.m. walking along a canal on Northeast C Street.

Josephine County Jail records showed that Bryan was being held on $250,000 bail.