Driver fatally shot during encounter with deputies



GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff’s office says deputies fatally shot a driver who fled after deputies tried to pull him over for a traffic stop.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports ( the man was wanted on a warrant for skipping a court date, had a background of drug and other convictions, and faced a court date next week on methamphetamine charges.

The sheriff’s office said a deputy and a reserve deputy chased the truck Saturday night.

The deputies say the driver skidded to a stop at Cave Junction, put the pickup truck in reverse and rammed the patrol car.

The deputies fired at the driver, identified as 46-year-old Walter Britt Phillips of Cave Junction. He was airlifted to a Medford hospital where he died.


Information from: Daily Courier,