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Double homicide investigated as part of Benjamin Foster case

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Oregon State Police says investigators believe Benjamin Foster, the suspect wanted for attempted murder that happened in Grants Pass on Jan. 24, is responsible for a double homicide that happened in Sunny Valley Monday night.

According to officials, the homicide was discovered Monday night by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at a home on the Sunny Valley Loop.

The victims were identified as Richard Lee Baron Jr. and Donald Owen Griffith, who both lived on the property.

Oregon State Police says multiple items were missing from the home, including a dog.

OSP says Tuesday morning, a cab picked up Foster and returned to the house on Sun Glo Drive in Grants Pass where the attempted murder and kidnapping took place.

SWAT and officers were immediately sent to the home and a shelter-in-place was issued for the surrounding area.

Police say Foster shot himself under the home during the standoff with police. Foster was still breathing when police approached his body.

When Foster arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.

The double homicide investigation is still ongoing.

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