Sheriff: Argument Led to Jones Valley Murder-Suicide

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The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office released this press release today:

INCIDENT: Homicide/Suicide

DATE/TIME: 1/20/2011 at 1807 Hours

LOCATION: Idle Hour Bar, 14961 Bear Mountain Rd., Jones Valley

VICTIM(S): Ronald Dunlap, age 50

SUSPECT : John Grant, age 62


On (Thurday) 01/20/2011 at 18:07 hours (6:07 p.m.) the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a shooting which had occurred at the Idle Hour Bar in Jones Valley. Deputies arrived at 18:13 hours. A short time later medical personnel arrived and pronounced Ronald Dunlap deceased.

Investigation revealed that several witnesses observed the shooting, these witnesses were interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit.

The Witness interviews revealed that after an argument Grant walked into the bar and shot Ronald Dunlap at close range.

At Approximately 1842 hours deputies located John Grant deceased at Pollution Point (Jones Valley Campground area) from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

-from press release; for more Public Safety News, click here.

-from press release
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Cora says:

    My uncles name was Ronald. Not Donald.

    • Thank you for bringing that to our attention; I'm sorry we didn't catch the error in the press release. Our condolences to you and your family. -Kimberly Ross, managing editor

  2. Avatar Dave White says:

    Having worked with Ron in the woods some 20 years ago, he was a great timber faller and a great man. So sad to hear of his passing in such a cowardly way. he will be greatly missed.

  3. Avatar EO2 Gilly Gilhouse says:

    Ron and I served in Antartica the winter of 82/83. Even then his love for family and his love for his home town were strong. Ron was always cheerful and optimistic. Upon our tour of duty end on the ice, Ron invited me to stay at his families home in McCloud, CA . I stayed with the Dunlap family for several weeks and was able to meet Ron's parents, sister and friends. It was clear how much Ron's family and friends meant to him and how much Ron meant to them.

    Over the years I have often thought of Ron and have searched the intermet to reconnect with him. Yesterday I did a "people search", and was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragedy that had befallen my old friend. I had hoped to find him alive and well and had hoped to have a reunion with him. Knowing now that that opportunity will now be a heavenly one, I will keep his family in prayer until we meet again.