Eagle Point Standoff Suspect Arrested, Deputies Placed on Leave

33-year-old Warren Rich faces menacing and unlawful use of a weapon charges. The deputies involved are now placed on administrative leave.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2018 12:55 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 1:56 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — An eight-hour standoff between police and an armed suspect at a home east of Eagle Point resolved late Tuesday night without serious harm to anyone involved, in spite of shots fired early in the incident. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) says that two of their deputies have been placed on leave for their part in the exchange.

Around 4:15 p.m., JCSO said that dispatch received a 911 call from a woman in the 1500-block of Worthington Road in Eagle Point. The woman reported that her son, 33-year-old Warren Alexander Rich, had come to her home and threatened her with a rifle. She said Rich was showing suicidal and homicidal behavior.

Deputies said the woman was able to leave the house and call 911.

Deputies from JCSO, the SWAT team and negotiators responded to the scene a short time later. Worthington Road was closed to traffic for the duration of the incident for the safety of the public and law enforcement.

JCSO claims that at multiple points throughout the incident, Rich fired rounds from inside the residence. During the final instance, two deputies returned fire when "Rich shot a rifle toward a deputy."

Rich was not hit by the shots and went back inside the home. Negotiations continued and officers used "less-lethal options including CS gas" to force Rich out of the home. Deputies said those efforts were unsuccessful.

Around 1:30 a.m., SWAT members burst into the home and took Rich into custody. A Mercy Flights ambulance took Rich to Providence Medford Medical Center for treatment for minor lacerations that JCSO says he sustained before deputies went inside the home.

Rich was taken to the Jackson County jail on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and a no-bail hold for parole violation. JCSO said that additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses.

"Per protocol related to the use of deadly physical force, Oregon State Police has assumed the investigation, with guidance from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. The deputies involved are now on administrative leave," JCSO said in a statement.

Further information regarding the investigation will come from the Oregon State Police.

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