Armed Prineville man involved in four-hour police standoff
An armed Prineville man was arrested following a four-hour standoff with local law enforcement Saturday night.
According to a Prineville Police Department report, around 11:50 p.m., police responded to the 200 block of Southeast Lynn Boulevard for a reported domestic assault. While responding, officers were advised the suspect was attempting to leave in a blue Toyota pickup containing firearms, possibly being driven by a family friend. Officers had information that the suspect threatened to pull guns on law enforcement if contacted.
When officers arrived in the area, the vehicle was spotted traveling east on Southeast Lynn Boulevard. Once officers caught up to the vehicle, it had turned onto Southeast Melrose Drive. Police initiated a high-risk traffic stop and occupants of the vehicle were contacted. During this time, 42-year-old Prineville resident Joshua Shane exited the vehicle while drawing a handgun from his waistband area.
Shane walked away from the vehicle while making threatening statements, police reported, and retreated toward the end of the property where he was contained by Prineville police and deputies from Crook County Sheriff's Office.
Surrounding houses were evacuated, and a request for assistance was made to Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Oregon State Police. Nearby residents were then evacuated.
Melrose Drive was closed down during this time along with some other adjacent streets. Shane refused to put the gun down, keeping law enforcement at a distance for several hours.
Following a four-hour standoff, CERT negotiators were able to reason with Shane, and the incident ended peacefully. Shane was taken into custody shortly thereafter.
Shane was booked into the Crook County Jail on felony strangulation constituting domestic violence and second-degree disorderly conduct. He also had an outstanding Deschutes County misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of DUII.
Police thanked the Crook County Sheriff's, Oregon State Police, and the members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team for assisting. The agency also thanked the Crook County Fire and Rescue team for "being on stand-by for so long," and "'Pastor Dan,' who was kind enough to respond and open the door to his church on Lynn Boulevard for our evacuees."
Police also apologized to those they had to evacuate because they weren't able to get them into temporary housing sooner.