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Deputies and crisis units eventually took 36-year-old Eric Lane into custody almost seven hours later.

Washington County crisis teams negotiated an armed, wanted man off a rooftop at the Sylvan Heights Condominiums on Wednesday, July 27, according to a press release.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office initially responded to a call around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Haven-Sylvan neighborhood that said 36-year-old Eric Lane, who had a felony warrant for his arrest, was at the location, the Sheriff's Office said.

The warrant was related to a parole violation, and deputies also learned that Salem police had probable cause to arrest Lane for first-degree robbery, coercion and assault, all related to a domestic violence incident 10 days earlier, according to a press release.

Deputies said they arrived and contacted Lane, who was uncooperative, and he then climbed onto the roof of the three-story condominium he was in and began threatening to kill himself.

Negotiators from the county's Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded to the scene and attempted to communicate with him with a loud hail speaker and several phones, the Sheriff's Office said. He initially refused to talk.

After being on the roof for about two hours, Lane brought out a handgun and pointed it at his head, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Negotiators continues communicating with Lane until he came down the roof peacefully and on his own, the press release said, at 11:40 p.m.

Lane was transported to the Washington County Jail and lodged on the felony warrant and additional charges. Authorities notified residents nearby and asked them to shelter in place during the incident.


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