SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — One person is dead and another recovering from stab wounds after an overnight shootout and stand-off in Sprague River.
The suspect, Teal Blue Gentry, is in police custody after surrendering this morning. The town is recovering from full lockdown after last night’s events. Authorities say much of it is still a mystery.
Sheriffs say the suspect is a trained Army veteran. No officers were harmed in the gunfight, but they say they had to keep the town on complete lockdown overnight and into this morning.
Investigators still don’t know what led to the incident. Authorities responded to reports of shots fired around eleven thirty last night at the corner of Bliss and Sprague River Road.
Officers arrived to see a car leaving the scene with three passengers, one of whom suffering from stab wounds and another armed with two pistols according to the sheriff..
Deputies stopped the car at gunpoint and flew the injured passenger to a nearby hospital. Then, deputies say someone in a nearby building began shooting a revolver and an automatic pistol at police.
Two armored vehicles and as many as sixty SWAT personnel were called in during the gunfight. They say they suspect, Galen Gentry is the lone shooter and say he was able to hold them off by moving and taking cover between multiple buildings before surrendering this morning.
“In those kinds of situations, time is your ally, not your enemy. So, you try to diffuse the situation, you try to get it to where you can take this person and neutralize him,” explained Frank Skrah, the Klamath County Sheriff.
Authorities say they also found the body of Derrick William Forste on the scene. He died of gunshot wounds, but it is unclear how or when that happened. At this point the link between the alleged shooter and the stabbing is also is unknown.