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Barricaded Subject Closes Hwy 101

road closureBROOKINGS, Ore. — An armed man barricaded himself inside a home for more than 14 hours, drawing in law enforcement agencies from all over the state, and shutting down a major highway.

On Saturday night, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office went to investigate a sexual assault case on Heather Lane in Brookings. After contacting the victim, police tried to talk to the suspect, who is now identified as 42-year-old Lorenzo Ignacio King from Alaska.

The suspect had barricaded himself inside the home with a weapon and refused to talk to police. The Sheriff’s Department says at that point, the surrounding area was evacuated and Highway 101 was shut down. SWAT teams were also called.

King continued to verbally threaten officers during hours of attempts at contact. Oregon State Police assisted by sending a robot into the residence to try to open lines of communication. With no sign of improvement, OSP then deployed numerous rounds of gas canisters into the home.

At 4 a.m., the team forcibly entered the barricaded room when King was heard gasping. King still refused to obey commands and was tased several times by the SWAT team. Police say King was suffering from several self-inflicted wounds from a knife or sharp object. He was airlifted to the hospital and is in critical, but stable, condition.