Scappoose man arrested after allegedly firing gun in city
A Scappoose man is in the Columbia County Jail after allegedly shooting a firearm repeatedly from a home off Highway 30, just south of Walnut Street, over the weekend.
Neighbors were startled by the sound of gunfire on Friday and Saturday evenings. Some reported hearing shots on Facebook.
Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller said police received reported of gunfire in the area on Friday night, April 30, but officers were unable to locate the source.
The following evening, around 9:40 p.m. Saturday, May 1, a neighbor called in to report that a man was shooting a pistol from his porch behind the Subway sandwich store. Miller said the dispatcher on the other end of the line could hear the shots going off in the background.
Scappoose Police Officer Eric Zwald and Columbia County Deputy Collin Brehm arrived on the scene and heard more shots fired.
Zwald and Brehm were moving around the perimeter of a neighboring building when more shots were fired.
"I could hear the whiz of the bullet fly over my head and then another shot rang out," Zwald wrote after the incident.
Miller said the shots did not seem to be aimed directly at law enforcement.
The man, later identified as Daniel Cole Mikesh, was standing outside when the shots were fired but then entered his garage.
The officers called for more units and waited for backup from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and St. Helens and Rainier police departments to arrive. Officers closed down U.S. Highway 30 through the area and set up a perimeter around the home.
Once backup arrived, Mikesh was instructed to come out with his hands up, but he instead went back inside and turned off the outside light, Zwald wrote.
Mikesh then came back outside, once again refused to put his hands up, and then left the home, running southbound on the sidewalk near the totem pole, according to police. Mikesh eventually stopped and complied with instructions to lay down, allowing officers to handcuff him and take him into custody, Zwald wrote.
"All the officers did a great job of coordinating with each other and moving with him," Miller said.
Mikesh was booked into the Columbia County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Mikesh had been convicted of felony burglary in 2008, making him ineligible to own a firearm.
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