Man Detained in Hill District Weapons Incident; no injuries, scene under investigation by OSP Crime Lab

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Rusty Rae/News-Register##Police team members who responded to the shots moved to surround the house on Mt. Mazama Street.

Rusty Rae/News-Register##A member of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Officer directs another office to a secure area as officers surround the home on Mt. Mazama Street.

Rusty Rae/News-Register##A member of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Officer directs another office to a secure area as officers surround the home on Mt. Mazama Street.

A McMinnville man was arrested Saturday after a three-hour standoff in southwest McMinnville with multiple shots fired, some of them at law enforcement officers.

No one was injured in the incident and the man, described as being in his 30s, was taken for medical evaluation but has not yet been charged, according to Sgt. Sam Elliott of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, who contributed to the response, interviewed at 6 p.m.

Regional law enforcement, including investigators from the Oregon State Crime Laboratory, are on the scene this weekend investigating the incident, which has quarantined surrounding neighborhoods as police issue shelter-in-place alerts to residents.

At 10:20 a.m., the McMinnville Police Department responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 100 block of SW Mt. Mazama St. The initial report included information that an adult male in the residence was threatening another person and was potentially emotionally disturbed. The other occupants of the residence left the scene before shots were fired, according to Elliott. The man in custody would be the only person present. Asked about a second suspect, Elliott said: “At the moment we believe he was the only one.”

McMinnville Police arrived in the area and initially observed nothing of concern at the residence. As they approached, several loud explosions were heard and they reported gunfire. At observation posts, officers were able to both see and hear and learned from witnesses that the individual was launching large mortar-like fireworks from the residence into the street and backyard.

Elliott said investigators have not yet determined how many shots were fired and by whom, and he did not know how close some of the shots were to responders.

A reverse 911 was dispatched to nearby residents to shelter in place, and a perimeter was established to hopefully allow time and distance to defuse. Officers were able to confirm that there was no one else inside the residence. Officers periodically heard what they believed to be gunfire from inside the residence and fireworks and mortars were sporadically launched from the residence.

The Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT) was called upon for tactical and negotiation support.

Shortly after noon, officers reported that shots were fired outside the residence. Two police officers and two sheriff’s deputies reported shots fired at them, and two police officers exchanged gunfire with the individual, who retreated into the residence.

Once the TNT members arrived, the agents left the direct vicinity and the TNT was able to sometimes engage the person involved in telephone negotiations. At around 1:20 p.m., the individual surrendered to members of the TNT and was taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution but was not injured.

Due to the size of the scene, with several nearby homes hit by gunfire from the individual and law enforcement involved in the response, the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team (MCRT) has been activated. The investigation is still in its early stages and will take some time. Investigators will scour the neighborhood to retrieve any evidence, and investigators are asking anyone who may have CCTV or photos to contact investigators at 503-434-6500 so evidence can be retrieved. No one involved has been injured at this time. The person involved is unidentified at this time as no criminal charges have been filed.

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