Grandson suspected in grandfather's death

Coos Bay police found an 80 year old man lying on the ground, dead outside his home.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 7:55 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2017 8:15 AM

Coos Bay, Ore -- Coos Bay police officers found a man dead outside of his home yesterday at 3:21pm. 

Police received a number of calls reporting an assault on the 1200 block of Minnesota Avenue. When officers got to the scene they found Elmer Dennis, 80, lying on the ground outside of his garage. An autopsy report will be conducted before the official cause of death is released. Officers say this is most likely the result of a homicide.

Dennis' grandson, James Thomasson, 29, is the suspect in this case.

Thomasson was living on the property. He hid from police when they got to the scene. They found him underneath a deck attached to the home.

He was uncooperative when police tried to arrest him and they had to user a tazer on him. Thomasson is currently in the hospital, but is expected to be released soon. Once he is released, he will be taken to the Coos County Jail.

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