The Oregon State Police SWAT team converged on an Alsea Highway RV Park shortly after dark Thursday night with an aim to extract a mentally disturbed man from his motor home. Reports say the man had earlier walked up to the manager’s office at the Chinook RV Park, and with a shotgun in his hand, banged on the door yelling something about being subjected to three years of a magnetic hypnotic force, and he wanted it stopped.
The manager locked the door, called 9-1-1, and retreated to a back area where she hid out until Sheriff’s deputies and OSP troopers could arrive. The man walked back to his RV and went inside. After failed attempts to negotiate with the man due to his deteriorated mental state and being armed with a shotgun and a 44 caliber magnum, officers decided the job of dealing with him would be best left to a SWAT Team. Deputies and troopers then proceeded to evacuate the entire Chinook RV Park.
The Oregon State Police SWAT Team was called in. They took about an hour of preparation and planning, and then went in with team members safely inside their SWAT truck, a black monstrous mobile fortress.
Immediately a SWAT team member used one of the truck’s loudspeakers to try to get the man to come out. He didn’t. A short time later SWAT members fired two specialized rounds into the RV, taking out two windows; one forward, one back. The man still didn’t come out. So they deployed tear gas, right outside the shattered windows. That did it. The man opened a side door and came down the steps. The SWAT team cuffed him up, and he was taken into custody. No injuries. Text book ending.
The man is expected to be given a psychological examination with an eye to determining whether he was, in fact, off his meds. He was booked on charges of menacing with a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm and disorderly conduct. He was being held in lieu of $75,000.
It is NewsLincolnCounty.com’s policy not to reveal the name of mentally disturbed people out of deference to their condition and for the sake of their families.
Highway 34, which had been closed for approximately two hours during the SWAT action, was re-opened shortly before 11:30pm.