STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Police: Klamath Falls Man 'Threatened to Cause An Explosion'

Officers evacuated neighbors after a Klamath Falls man allegedly threatened to light leaking natural gas over a property dispute.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 11:23 AM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 1:38 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls man is behind bars after police say that he threatened to cause an explosion at 505 Adams Street on Thursday.

Officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) responded to that address around 7:30 p.m. after reports of harassment. When they arrived, they met with 57-year-old Brian Leroy Ross.

According to KFPD, Ross "opened a gas line" inside the residence and threatened to cause an explosion by sparking a lighter. Officers smelled a strong odor of natural gas and quickly made their exit, leaving Ross inside.

As negotiations with Ross ensued, KFPD said that they began evacuating neighbors in the event that Ross did follow through on his apparent threat. Eventually, Ross did surrender to police and was taken into custody "without incident."

Crews from Fire District One arrived and helped KFPD shut off gas flow to the residence, removing the threat from the leak.

Investigators believe that Ross' actions were due to a "property dispute" with other people who had been staying at the property. Ross was brought to the Klamath County Jail and lodged on charges of Attempted Arson I, Disorderly Conduct I, and four counts of Reckless Endangering.

At this time, the incident is still under investigation. If you have information regarding this case please contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. Anonymous information can also be left on the Klamath Falls Police Tip Line at 541-883-5334.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19978

Reported Deaths: 338
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah460893
Washington292124
Marion275568
Umatilla214126
Clackamas146438
Malheur71512
Deschutes5558
Lane5403
Jackson4211
Lincoln4149
Yamhill40412
Union3922
Jefferson3323
Morrow3272
Polk30112
Linn26310
Klamath2001
Hood River1780
Wasco1723
Benton1626
Douglas1401
Josephine1082
Coos890
Columbia860
Clatsop830
Crook421
Baker360
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 530606

Reported Deaths: 9808
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1981654827
Riverside38487738
Orange38131665
San Bernardino34237487
San Diego30516568
Kern21433152
Fresno15945157
Alameda12136193
San Joaquin12034187
Santa Clara11030192
Sacramento10174148
Tulare10078193
Imperial9513232
Stanislaus9308135
Contra Costa8324131
Ventura787777
San Francisco708162
Santa Barbara652664
San Mateo5758120
Marin518076
Monterey496634
Merced458351
Kings445356
Solano380638
Sonoma320842
Madera211432
Placer199819
San Luis Obispo197016
Yolo161442
Santa Cruz11964
Butte10128
Napa10079
Sutter8406
San Benito6894
El Dorado6681
Lassen6320
Yuba5334
Shasta4049
Colusa3594
Glenn3462
Mendocino3419
Nevada3161
Tehama2491
Humboldt2454
Lake2111
Mono1461
Tuolumne1442
Amador1370
Calaveras1361
Del Norte900
Siskiyou880
Inyo661
Mariposa592
Plumas330
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
76° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 76°
Brookings
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 71°
Crater Lake
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 75°
Grants Pass
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 73°
Klamath Falls
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 75°
Warming up into the weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events