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Josephine County man arrested following hours-long standoff in Canyonville

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office asked people in the area to lock themselves inside their homes.

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 9:31 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2020 10:06 AM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in an hours-long armed standoff in Canyonville on Wednesday.

Deputies responded on Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m. after hearing multiple reports of a man firing shots outside of a house in the 400-block of SW Fourth Place in Canyonville, across from the Pioneer-Indian Museum. Officers from multiple jurisdictions were on the scene, assisting DCSO.

"Residents in the area are being asked to lock themselves inside their homes," the agency said before noon on Wednesday. "This is an active scene and the public and media are being asked to avoid the area for the safety of the community and law enforcement."

Members of DCSO Tactical Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team were on hand trying to negotiate with the man, later identified as 23-year-old Cedar Cascade Higgs. The Sheriff's Office said that Higgs was seen with at least two guns — a handgun and a rifle.

Around 3:45 p.m., the Sheriff's Office says that Higgs surrendered to deputies and was taken into custody "without incident." He was taken to the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct II, and Reckless Endangering.

Detectives are still investigating, but they believe that Higgs fired more than twenty rounds over the course of the incident.

I-5 was initially closed to all southbound traffic at milepost 99 near Canyonville due to the ongoing law enforcement presence, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). It later opened for one lane, before ODOT announced after 5:30 p.m. that the freeway was opened back up completely.

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