Jackson County SWAT Arrests Josephine County Murder Suspect

This is an update to an earlier story.

After clearing from the crime scene, detectives continued working on leads and follow up on evidence throughout the night.

After conducting the additional investigation, a name was developed for a possible suspect. Detectives were able to determine the arrestee, Paul Dayton, was involved in this incident and obtained a search warrant for his residence in the area of Wards Creek Road in Rogue River, Or.

Due to the severity of the crime and an unknown threat to the public, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for assistance with serving the warrant for Dayton.

The Rogue River Police Department also assisted with looking for the suspect in this case and provided resources for officers and detectives while conducting follow up in the Rogue River area. One additional witness to the incident was located at the Lil’ Pantry in Rogue River prior to the warrant being served.

Dayton was located at his residence and was taken into custody without incident by members of the Jackson County SWAT and Negotiations teams.

Due to the diligence of the detective unit and assistance from partnering agencies in Jackson County, Dayton was safely taken into custody approximately 16 hours after the initial reported incident. Without the assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney, Oregon State Police Forensics Unit, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the cooperation of witnesses to this case, it would not have been able to be successfully closed in a timely manner.

Due to the fact that this is a major crime investigation, any requests for additional information will be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Det. Shaw with the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260.

VICTIM: Johnson, Tobias Devin 39 years of age

ARRESTEE: Dayton, Paul S. 42 year old male

CHARGES: Murder in the Second Degree. Unlawful Use of a Weapon

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