Myrtle Point shooting suspect charged

36-year-old Joseph Hanks Is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2018 1:16 AM

MYRTLE POINT, Ore.  -- The man who was arrested in connection with Tuesday night's shooting in Myrtle Point has been charged.

Officials in Coos County said Joseph Hanks, 36, was charged with 11 crimes including unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

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Hanks is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.

The Coos County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team assisted the Myrtle Point Police Department Tuesday evening with a “barricaded male” close to 5th and Maple streets, the sheriff's office said.

Officials said they were called to Hanks’ home Tuesday night at about 6:30 p.m.

They said his wife told him their marriage was ending and she left the home with their children. He became upset and began drinking.

Police said his friends were concerned about him, so police went to the home.

They said when they showed up, Hanks walked outside armed with a rifle and fired at least one round.

The officer took cover and called for help, and the home was soon surrounded.

“What we're happy about is, you know, nobody got hurt. That's the thing. You know, we didn't want to hurt him and we didn't want him to hurt us,” said Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Frasier said Hanks went back inside his home and yelled at officers, telling them to shoot and kill him. Police said Hanks fired multiple shots during the standoff, but he eventually came outside. 

Bystanders said they’re just glad it ended well.

“To hear that it was him and what happened, it was kind of a surprise," bystander Mercedes Lucas said. "All of us were really glad to see him come out alive because were really worried it wasn’t going to end very good.”

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