HARRISBURG, Ore. – Lane County Sheriff’s deputies are identifying the suspect they say surrendered after an hours-long standoff in Harrisburg on Wednesday.
Austin Waszkiewicz, 31, reportedly surrendered just before 11 a.m. after six hours of negotiation.
The incident started at about 4:30 a.m. when Coburg police received reports that Waszkiewicz had hit a family member in the head with a firearm. The extent of the victim’s injuries is not known.
After the assault, deputies say Waszkiewicz drove away and was believed to be armed with a handgun.
Authorities made contact with the man, who reportedly parked his blue Chevrolet pickup in the area of Diamond Hill Road and Powerline Road. He refused to surrender and claimed he planned to provoke deputies into an armed confrontation, authorities said.
Deputies blocked off the scene using armored rescue vehicles and began to negotiate and make attempts to de-escalate the situation.
Waszkiewicz surrendered peacefully, and a firearm and multiple knives were found in his vehicle, deputies said. He was taken to the Lane County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, menacing, interfering with police and felon in possession of a firearm.