Gunshot report causes major response
Madras police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, and troopers from the Oregon State Police responded to 141 SW Third St. on a report of a shot fired inside one of the seven apartments located there on May 31, at about 1:30 p.m.
Officers were able to determine that the suspect was Jonathan Blakenship, 45, and that he resided in Apartment No. 5. When officers arrived on scene, Blankenship was outside his apartment, appeared to be talking to himself, and was visibly agitated, hitting the walls, Sgt. Steve Webb, of the MPD reported.
"Police attempted to contact Blankenship who turned, went into his apartment, and closed the door. Blankenship refused to comply with commands to peacefully come out of the residence," said Webb.
Because of the reported use of a firearm and potential danger to individuals in the surrounding area, the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team was activated. An area around the apartment complex was secure and streets closed with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Transportation and law enforcement.
Using the public announcement system in his vehicle, a senior trooper repeatedly attempted to make contact with Blankenship, as CERT and other law enforcement was staging in the area.
At about 2:40 p.m., Blankenship emerged from his apartment, complied with commands and was taken into custody. No one was injured during the incident.
"A search warrant was executed at the apartment, however, no evidence of a firearm was located," noted Webb.
As a result of his actions, which caused the law enforcement response, Blankenship, was taken into custodyon charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.
Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Sgt. Mel Brown at 541-475-2424.