Convicted felons generally are not permitted to own or carry firearms in Oregon. A recent 10-hour armed standoff in southeast Portland between police and an alleged felon yielded a significant amount of ammunition and the arrest of a man who allegedly did not have the legal right to possess either a firearm or ammunition.
How the incident began
Police arrived at the house around 9:30 a.m. with an arrest warrant and the intent of arresting the man who lived in the house. Instead of surrendering, the suspect got in his car and drove away. Police attempted to pull him over, but he refused and returned to the house. According to one police officer, the suspect “barricaded himself inside.” Officers attempted to negotiate with the man, but he refused to participate.
The incident escalates
The suspect responded to police entreaties with threats to use violence against the officers. Up to this point, the police had been moving slowly, hoping that the man would see the sense in negotiating. The suspect allegedly made threats of violence and remained in the house. At about 3:30 p.m., the police called in the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team. The police also issued a shelter-in-place to the neighborhood to protect residents against possible armed conflict.
At about 10:30 p.m., police used munitions to break into the house and arrest the suspect. The suspect was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, five counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Reckless Endangerment, Discharge of a Firearm in the City and Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle. He was incarcerated at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
After the defendant was arrested and removed from the premises, police executed a search warrant. They found two handguns, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a Mini-14 semiautomatic rifle and a shotgun. The police also found at least 500 rounds of ammunition. Police said that the firearms and ammunition will be used at exhibits at trial.
What happens next?
The defendant in this case faces several serious criminal charges with the possibility of being sentence to a number of years in prison and a significant fine. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, spot any flaws in the police procedure and, if appropriate, negotiate an acceptable plea agreement with the prosecutors.