Lincoln County law enforcement agencies were alerted this week by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies that they were trying to track down James Killion, age 54, from Salem. Killion is a suspect in a sex abuse case. He was reported to be armed with a handgun and possibly headed to the coast, driving a white Mercedes panel van.
At about 2:15 PM Friday, Lincoln City Police (LCPD) spotted Killion’s van in the D-River Wayside in Lincoln City. Officers were able to confirm Killion was in the van. He was also displaying what appeared to be a semi-auto handgun. Additional law enforcement personnel were requested for assistance. LCPD Officers were able to close and secure the wayside and clear other vehicles and pedestrians from the area.
Officers began talking with Killion by cell phone as other officers from Oregon State Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene. Killion was observed moving around in the van and occasionally pointing a handgun to his head.
At approximately 4:25 PM Killion put his weapon down and voluntarily got out of his vehicle and into a waiting set of handcuffs. Officers transported Killion to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital to be checked out. Marion County Deputies arrived and transported Killion back to Marion County.
No one was injured in this event.
Chief Kilian and LCPD are grateful for the quick response and cooperative efforts of all of our officers and partner agencies responsible for bringing the incident to a safe conclusion. LCPD would also extend their appreciation for the patience and cooperation of our residents and visitors as we worked to keep the scene safe.