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Winlock Standoff

Posted on 19th December 2013 at 16:54

Lewis County authorities say that they spent four days trying to talk a 23 year-old Winlock man out of his parents’ house, before he finally shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Stacy Brown says that the standoff started last Saturday, when the man went to his parents’ house on Florence Place in Winlock. The parents had a restraining order against their son, and he reportedly made threats to kill them. They eventually chose to leave the house, in fear of the man and the threats he was making. Mental health professionals were called to the scene, in an effort to try and talk the man out. Tuesday afternoon, Lewis County SWAT was called in, as plans were made to try and take the man into custody. Around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, the man came out of the house, armed with a handgun. Deputies attempted to take him into custody, but he ran back inside. Negotiators re-established phone contact with the man, but then a gunshot was heard. Deputies entered and found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that this is an “unfortunate end” to a tense situation, saying that they explored every option to try and come to a peaceful resolution.