Suspect taken into custody after barricading himself for hours, police say

Richard Michael Hibbert was taken into custody after he barricaded himself at a residence in the 200 block of Burlington Avenue for hours.

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 9:05 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2019 11:05 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Richard Michael Hibbert was taken into custody after police say he barricaded himself in a home for hours.

Police say Hibbert went to Noodle and Cafe on Bailey Hill Road around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon where he threatened employees with a knife.

Police tell KEZI 9 News he then fled the cafe and went into a home in the 3800 block of Kevington Avenue. After threatening those residents he fled and went into another home in the 200 block of Burlington Avenue. 

Police surrounded the home on Burlington Avenue and used robots to try and communicate with him. They also used drones, OC vapor and called out the SWAT team.

Hibbert continued to refuse to give up and made additional threats to officers on scene.

The SWAT team deployed OC Vapor into a back bedroom where he had barricaded himself. Hibbert eventually gave up and surrendered.

Police say methamphetamine might have been involved.

Hibbert was transported to the hospital due to his exposure to the OC Vapor to be medically checked.

He was later lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Burglary, Trespassing, Menacing and Unlawful use of a Weapon.

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