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Man Arrested After Police Standoff

MERLIN, Ore. — A 68-year old man was arrested on multiple charges following a standoff that lasted over 6 hours with Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT and troopers early Thursday morning. Police said the man barricaded himself in a Merlin-area residence in Josephine County.

Early Wednesday evening, OSP troopers responded to a report that an adult male shot and wounded another adult male while they were inside an apartment on Peach Street in Merlin. The wounded male, whose name is not available, was taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass where he was treated and released for a hand wound.

When troopers arrived at the apartment, the suspect involved in the shooting remained in the apartment and refused to comply as OSP spoke with him on the phone. Because the man was armed with a firearm and reportedly may have other weapons with him, OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to assist as the standoff continued and troopers worked toward his surrender.

The suspect, 68-year-old Stephen Lester Powers, finally surrendered to OSP troopers around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and was taken into custody. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail. Powers is facing numerous charges which include assault in the second degree, felon in possession of a weapon, negligently wounding another, pointing firearm at another, recklessly endangering another person, menacing, and unlawful use/carrying a dangerous weapon.

After his arrest, OSP obtained a search warrant for the apartment. While searching for evidence, troopers found a possible explosive device. OSP Hazardous Device Technicians responded and determined the object in its present condition was not explosive. A firearm was recovered in connection with the incident. Officials are continuing to investigate.