Eagle Point, Oregon – Matthew Thayer Graves – DOB 5/23/85, of Eagle Point died after a physical confrontation with Eagle Point Police Officers. On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:42 p.m., an Eagle Point Police Officer contacted Graves near the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant in Eagle Point. The contact continued into the restroom of the restaurant where a struggle ensued.
A second Officer arrived to assist with taking Graves into custody. The Officers continued to struggle with Graves and shots were fired. Graves was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the officers involved sustained minor injuries.
Detectives with the Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit, which was comprised of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police, the Medford Police Department, the Ashland Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2018.
The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation and a review by the Grand Jury. The names of the officers will not be released until that time.
A press conference will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 2:45 p.m. at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information about the case can call Detective David Seese at (541) 774-8304 and refer to JCSO Case 18-19902 or EPPD Case 18-6861.