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Dozens of officers reported to the area, where they found McElmeel reportedly barricaded inside a home. The authorities remained there until he was arrested around 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

Posted: May 29, 2021 7:10 PM
Updated: May 29, 2021 7:36 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. --- After a standoff that lasted several hours, police arrested 30-year-old Samuel McElmeel.

He is being lodged at Lane County Jail on several charges including second degree disorderly conduct and improper use of 911.

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Police said they were called when McElmeel dialed 911 and threatened to physically attack officers. The initial call was described as “threatening behavior”.

According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, McElmeel also threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a local shopping center.

The standoff incident occurred in the 76000 block of Blue Mountain School Road. Police said they attempted to deescalate the situation over the phone with a crisis negotiator, but that did not work.

That’s when dozens of officers reported to the area, where they found McElmeel barricaded inside a home.

The authorities remained there until he was arrested around five o’clock Saturday morning.

KEZI 9 news spoke with several neighbors who said they were relieved that he was captured.

“I’m glad they resolved it, and I’m glad they kept our neighborhood safe,” nearby resident Judy Early said.

Police said prior to their arrival, he was seen threatening neighbors and throwing objects at cars as they passed by.

One neighbor said on Thursday, McElmeel threatened him to the point where he had to point a gun at McElmeel, just to deter him.

That same neighbor also reported hearing McElmeel get into a heated argument with someone else in the area.

Police believed McElmeel had a gun during the standoff, but it was later identified as a pellet gun. 

“It’s a much better feeling knowing when we do call the police, they are going to come help us,” said Earl.

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