Tear gas deployed in Oregon City standoff – KOIN.com
OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Clackamas County SWAT team has fired several rounds of tear gas into a home where a shooting suspect is believed to be hold up, officials confirmed Friday morning.
Oregon City Police Department Sgt. Greg Johnston said officers were called to the 300 block of Myrtle Street around 11:45 p.m. Thursday after getting multiple reports from neighbors who heard several shots. One neighbor told dispatchers that they heard someone yelling out for help.
Moments after those first 911 calls, dispatchers got a call from inside the residence where the shooting occurred. A male roommate told dispatchers he and two other men were inside the home when the shooting occurred.
Richard Davis, a neighbor, said he and two other people were walking to a local grocery store when they heard the shooting while on Molalla Avenue.
“The police took us to duck and cover,” Davis said. “We were hiding behind a wall and that’s when police told us to run.”
Officers responded and the 911 caller and a second roommate exited the house. They told police that the third person living inside the home had fired his .44 Magnum handgun at least six times, Johnston said.
The shooter has refused to come out of the house.
Officers used their vehicle megaphone to order the man out of the home. He has refused to come out and officers have had no contact with the man. Police said he does not have a cellphone and there are no landline phones inside the residence.
The decision was made early Friday to activate the Clackamas County SWAT team. Officers have obtained a warrant. Around 5:30 a.m., several loud bangs echoed through the neighborhood. Police confirmed it was tear gas being deployed into the residence.
Johnston said they are hoping for a peaceful outcome. As of now, no one has been hurt.
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