Coos Bay man killed, grandson held as suspect

Authorities say a man in Coos Bay was killed and his grandson is in custody as a suspect.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 11:23 AM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2017 11:23 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. - The World reports officers responded to a Coos Bay home Sunday afternoon for a reported assault.

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Coos County District Attorney Paul Fraiser says authorities found 80-year-old Elmer Dennis lying on the ground outside a garage at the residence.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death was not released but Fraiser says Dennis died of homicidal violence.

Police say Dennis' 29-year-old grandson James Thomasson was discovered hiding under a deck attached to the residence.

Police say a Taser was used on Thomasson after he didn't comply with officer requests to come out from in under the deck.

Police say he was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries and will be booked when he's released.

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