A fight between a man and two southern Oregon police officers in a Carl’s Jr. bathroom Wednesday ended in the man being fatally shot, authorities say.
Matthew Thayer Graves, 33, was contacted by one Eagle Point police officer outside the fast-food chain in the town around 8:45 p.m., and their interaction continued into the bathroom, Jackson County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Snaith said during a news conference Thursday.
The two got into a struggle, a second officer joined the fray, a Taser was used on Graves, and he was shot at some point after, according to Snaith.
Graves died at the scene. One of the officers was hit in the face during the fight. Both officers, who have not yet been identified, are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and a review by a grand jury.
Eagle Point Police Chief Darin May said the shooting was the first involving officers from his agency in at least the 20 years he’s been there.
Eagle Point is about 12 miles northeast of Medford. The department has a staff of 13, which includes non-sworn workers.
During the news conference, Snaith declined to offer more details on why Graves was first approached and what led to the the shooting because the two officers involved hadn’t yet been interviewed. He and May said that would occur Monday.
The state medical examiner’s office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Graves on Friday.