CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, including the Oregon State Police SWAT team, descended on a property south of Cave Junction on Monday for a reported domestic violence incident and hostage situation. It ended in the afternoon with two people dead.
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office says that it received a 911 call for a domestic violence incident on Pinewood Way shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The caller said that her husband had a gun and had threatened to kill her.
The caller reported that her husband had pointed the gun at her during the fight, but she was able to get away — reaching a neighbor's house in order to call 911.
Unfortunately, the Sheriff's Office said, the caller's roommate was unable to escape the house when she did.
Deputies called for help from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, requesting hostage negotiators and a team of SWAT officers. The Sheriff's Office also called in a SWAT team from Oregon State Police, which traveled down I-5 to Josephine County.
GPDPS negotiators were able to get into phone contact with the armed man during the ensuing standoff, the Sheriff's Office said — but by early afternoon, the situation had apparently deteriorated.
"At approximately 1:30 p.m. shots were fired by both law enforcement and the male resident," the Sheriff's Office said. "Both residents remaining within the home were located and pronounced deceased."
JCSO says that the names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified. There is no longer any threat to the public in the area.
An investigation into the incident has been turned over to the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) of Jackson County, and any further details on the case will only be released with approval from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.