KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The man at the center of an hours-long SWAT standoff is expected in court Friday. The Klamath County Sheriff says Cylise Atchley went on a burglary spree that began Thursday morning.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says Atchley first stole a car and then used the car to burglarize a house in the Swan Lake area. When the owner of the house came home, the sheriff says Atchley shot at the owner and the owner shot back. Atchley fled the scene in the car and was pursued by the homeowner.
In the ensuing chase, a Sheriff-employed helicopter, K-9s, and several officers from different agencies were responding. The sheriff says Atchley drove off into the brush on Highway 140 near mile marker 8, leaves some of the stolen guns he reportedly had with him: 11 stolen long guns, some hand guns, though the sheriff says he took more guns with him.
Some time later, Atchley then broke into another home near the Pine Grove area of Klamath County, where he stole more guns and jewelry. He then fled on an ATV. At some point, the sheriff says Atchley flipped the ATV while going 50 miles per hour.
The Klamath County Sheriff says Atchley then goes into a third home in the Olene area where law enforcement surrounded him. Officials evacuated surrounding residences. At around 12:30 a.m., Atchley was taken into custody.
Klamath County Sheriff says officials did not have to fire one round during this entire situation. In all, Atchley is believed to have allegedly stolen 3 different vehicles and broken into 5 different homes that the sheriff department knows of.
Atchley was hurt from flipping the ATV and he was reportedly hypothermic. He was first transported to the hospital where a doctor approved him for booking in the Klamath County Jail.