Wanted man believed dead after Oakridge standoff, explosion

The man will not be identified until his family is notified.

Posted: Dec 31, 2019 2:05 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2019 2:43 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – A wanted man is believed to be dead after a standoff and explosion near Oakridge overnight.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said Oakridge police officers were trying to contact a man on a warrant when he barricaded himself inside a cabin. The police officers called for help at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Authorities said the cabin was east of Oakridge on a narrow road overgrown with vegetation.

Deputies and officers were unable to get the man to come out.

Shortly before 3 a.m., authorities heard a small explosion followed by a fire in the cabin.

Deputies said firefighters couldn’t get their truck through the narrow road. Due to heat and explosions likely caused by propane tanks, first responders backed away quickly from the area.

Once the fire was put out and cooled down enough, a dead person was found inside the cabin. Authorities believe he was the man who barricaded himself inside.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death with the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

The man will not be identified until his family is notified.

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