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Man threatens Amtrak passengers aboard train from Klamath Falls

Amtrak was forced to make an unscheduled stop so police could arrest the 25-year-old.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 9:05 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 5:15 PM

ODELL LAKE, Ore. -- Sunday morning an Amtrak train leaving from Klamath Falls for Eugene was forced to make an unscheduled stop because a male passenger was threatening to harm himself and others on the train.

Police said 25-year-old Mason Lira, from Fresno, California, was talking about weapons and threatening passengers and the train conductor. The train had 272 passengers and 15 crew members. 911 was called at 11:06 a.m.

The train stopped west of Highway 58 at Odell Lake near Shelter Cove. Police boarded the train and arrested Lira without incident. No weapons or injuries were reported.

The train was delayed for 4 hours and 57 minutes. Amtrak officials said the delay caused potential for thousands of dollars in lost revenue for Amtrak, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe due to the tracks being shut down for that period of time.

Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers responded. Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Klamath Falls Police Department SWAT, were activated and assisted. Crescent Fire Department and Chemult Fire Department were placed on standby.

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