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Oregon: Kidnapping suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot

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Grants Pass, Oregon –

A suspect in a violent kidnapping in Oregon died Tuesday night from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being taken into custody following a standoff with law enforcement, a police spokesman said. Stated.

Grants Pass Police Department Lieutenant Jeff Hattersley told KTVL-TV that Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died in hospital hours after being detained in Grants Pass, Oregon.

While trying to secure a surrender from Tuesday afternoon, Foster barricaded himself under the house as officers from four agencies concentrated in the area, set up command posts and assembled SWAT teams.

Shortly before 8pm, Hattersley said the situation had been resolved, but did not immediately confirm whether Foster had been arrested. Police later confirmed Foster was in custody, but said he succumbed to his injuries just over an hour later.

The Daily Courier reported that authorities had received “credible information” that Foster had entered the home where a woman was found unconscious, detained and dying on January 24. . She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Residents in some areas received notices to evacuate to shelters when police gathered at the house where Foster was, the Daily Courier reported.

Foster was spotted walking his dog in the Grants Pass area Tuesday morning, according to a Facebook post from the Grants Pass Police Department.

Last Thursday, law enforcement raided the property of an unincorporated community in Wolf Creek, but Foster, who was staying at a family property there, fled. Forested mountains surround the community, but investigators believe that rather than disappearing into the wilderness alone, Foster helped him get out of the area.

Grants Pass is a town of approximately 40,000 in southwestern Oregon located adjacent to Interstate 5.

In 2019, Foster locked his then-girlfriend in a Las Vegas apartment for two weeks before moving to Oregon. faced prison.

Foster reached an agreement with Clark County prosecutors in August 2021 that allowed him to plead guilty to one count of battery felony and one count of misdemeanors constituting domestic violence.

A judge sentenced him to up to two and a half years in a Nevada prison. He was only able to serve less than 200 days.

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