Man arrested after standoff with police in Rainier
A man is in custody after a standoff with police that led to him brandishing a gun and bow and arrow at Oregon State Police troopers in Rainier.
OSP responded to reports of a road rage incident Tuesday afternoon in which a man reportedly stopped his car in the eastbound lane of Highway 30, then got out with clenched fists and yelled at the reporting party, according to court records.
Using information from the license plate reported to 911 dispatchers, OSP Sr. Trooper Robin May and Sgt. Luther Schwartz, both of the St. Helens workstation, went to a home in the 68000 block of Wasser Road in Rainier.
There, they were met by Richard Flores Jr., 37, who confronted police with a handgun cocked in the "low ready" position, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Columbia County Circuit Court.
"Both troopers retreated down the driveway and were later confronted by [Flores] again," the affidavit states. "This time [Flores] had a compound bow and fully drew the compound bow as if to fire an arrow at Sgt. Schwartz and Sr. Trooper May."
May and Schwartz headed down the driveway again until Flores went back inside the home and a standoff ensued.
OSP Trooper Chris Cowen was called in to respond to the scene of an armed standoff with Flores barricaded inside the Rainier home around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A SWAT team was called and Trooper Cowen eventually arrested Flores at 10:17 p.m. Tuesday.
Flores faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment of another person, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, and second-degree disorderly conduct. He is being held in Columbia County Jail without bail.
Late Wednesday morning, OSP returned to the home where the arrest was made.
"We're conducting a search warrant for the residence," Schwartz confirmed Wednesday.
Limited information was provided by law enforcement agencies about the situation Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Media reports Tuesday evening from KOIN 6, a news partner of the Spotlight and Pamplin Media Group, confirmed the SWAT team presence.
The media agency reported the man was alone inside the building and did not have any hostages.
As reports of the standoff were relayed to other law enforcement agencies in Columbia County, emergency responders were called to stage in a location in Goble shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to dispatch reports.
On Tuesday night, Columbia River Fire and Rescue reported heavy police activity earlier in the evening and advised residents to avoid the area, while OSP advised residents to stay indoors.
Flores Jr. was arrested in Columbia County earlier this year in April, for driving under the influence and reckless driving. That court case is still pending.
Prior to that, he was convicted of second-degree robbery in Multnomah County in 2007. His felony conviction makes it illegal for him to possess firearms.