Grants Pass shooting suspect leads police on high-speed chase
A man suspected of shooting at someone early Monday at Riverside Park in Grants Pass was spotted Tuesday and led police on a high-speed chase that included wrong-way driving and a crash into a stopped vehicle.
Police detectives who were conducting a follow-up shooting investigation near the 200 block of Lewis Avenue Tuesday saw Albert Leopold Humphrey, 28, of Jones Creek Road, driving away.
Officers placed spike strips on the road to stop Humphrey, but he drove over the spikes and fled. Humphrey drove the wrong way toward Caveman Bridge.
Police did not pursue Humphrey while he drove the wrong way because of concern for public safety, but as Humphrey crossed the bridge, another officer driving south on Sixth Street spotted him.
“The officer attempted to drive into Humphrey's vehicle in order to prevent him from harming anyone,” according to a police press release.
Humphrey swerved, struck the curb of the bridge and then collided with a white Toyota RAV4 that had pulled over. Humphrey left his vehicle and ran through the Riverside Inn parking lot, but he was caught and arrested without further incident, police said.
A passenger in the vehicle Humphrey allegedly shot at Monday at around 12:45 a.m. was injured by flying glass. The driver of the vehicle Humphrey hit Tuesday was treated at the scene and released.
Humphrey was arrested for attempted first-degree assault with a firearm, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree bias crime, and two misdemeanors, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
Humphrey was lodged in the Josephine County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Police asked anyone with information about the incidents to call 541-450-6260 and provide a statement.