Standoff in Sweet Home ends with suspect in custody

Around 5:30 a.m., the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody by Lane County SWAT with no injuries to himself or any law enforcement officers.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 2:44 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2019 10:54 AM

SWEET HOME, Ore. -- A police chase led to an armed standoff in Sweet Home Friday night, police said.

Around 5:30 p.m., the Sweet Home Police Department received a report of a disturbance and possible assault. When officers responded to the 2200 block of Ironwood Street, they saw a man leaving in a vehicle.

The man, Darrell Schilling of Sweet Home, faces charges of domestic violence, menacing, violation of a no-contact order, attempt to elude, reckless driving, unlawful use of a firearm and criminal trespass with a firearm. He is in the Linn County Jail.

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Police told KEZI 9 News they tried to conduct a traffic stop and a pursuit followed. They said the pursuit went on for about a mile and ended when Schilling stopped his vehicle in a wooded area.

Schilling left his vehicle with an assault-style firearm and took cover at the front of his vehicle, police said. Officers attempted to communicate with Schilling, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, but he would not respond.

Linn County Regional SWAT responded to help with their negotiations. Police said Schilling did not respond to any attempts to end the standoff peacefully.

The standoff went on through the night and into Saturday morning. Lane County SWAT responded to assist and relieve Linn County Regional SWAT due to the prolonged time frame of the incident.

Around 5:30 a.m., Schilling surrendered and was taken into custody by Lane County SWAT with no injuries to himself or any law enforcement officers. 

Two firearms and multiple loaded magazines were taken from the vehicle.

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