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Suspect arrested, ending standoff along Tiller-Trail Highway

Deputies from both the Jackson and Douglas County Sheriff's offices were engaged on the incident.

Posted: Dec 23, 2019 2:53 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2019 6:34 PM

TILLER, Ore. — Deputies have arrested a wanted man following an hours-long standoff at a property along Tiller-Trail Highway near the border of Jackson and Douglas counties, according to a statement from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

The incident started around 11:15 a.m. on Monday morning when DCSO deputies tried to contact 39-year-old Rodger Vince Royle at a house in the 34000-block of the Tiller-Trail Highway (OR 227) for an arrest warrant.

"The deputies later made a radio transmission that a male subject had retrieved a rifle with a scope," the agency said.

DCSO asked for assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Eagle Point Police, Myrtle Creek Police, and Oregon State Police. Tactical Response and SWAT teams from both Douglas and Jackson counties were also called in.

"This is an active incident and nearby residents are asked to remain inside their homes or a safe location and to avoid the area," DCSO said in a statement issued during the standoff.

Deputies tried to negotiate with Royle, but reportedly never received a response. Hours later, just before 3 p.m., Douglas County's Tactical Response Team threw tear gas into a shed where Royle was believed to be hiding. He still did not respond.

Officers finally threw in another volley of tear gas before Royle ran out of the shed. Deputies sent in K-9 "Zoro" who took Royle down until deputies could take him into custody around 3:15 pm. Officers found a gun and ammunition after Royle's arrest, the Sheriff's Office said.

Royle was taken to the Douglas County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Disorderly Conduct, Escape in the Third Degree, Resisting Arrest, Menacing and multiple arrest warrants.

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