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PORTLAND, Ore. — A man from Beavercreek, Oregon was arrested on Friday night after he allegedly jumped a fence and fired a handgun into the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.
According to court documents, 39-year-old Cody Melby jumped over a security fence outside of the courthouse shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Melby allegedly fired "several rounds" into the building's exterior with a 9mm handgun.
Two courthouse security officers spotted Melby on a closed-circuit security camera and went out to confront him.
"Melby told the officers he had a gun and the officers placed him in handcuffs without further incident," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon said.
Officers from the Federal Protective Service arrived to investigate the scene, reportedly finding five spent 9mm bullet casings, three spent bullets, three holes in the plywood covering the building's stone columns, and damage to the metal overhang above the building's main entrance.
An Oregon State Police statement from last week identified Melby as one the attendees arrested in the wake of a "Stop the Steal" protest at the state Capitol in Salem. Melby was allegedly trying to get inside the building, and was arrested for for Trespassing while in possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor charge.
Police said that they lodged Melby in the Marion County Jail at the time, but he was apparently released.
Melby is set to appear on Monday in federal court before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland. The case is being investigated by the FPS and FBI, and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Maloney.