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Standoff continues in Corvallis

Standoff continues in Corvallis

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A standoff between an adult male and law enforcement in Corvallis that started Monday afternoon remained at a standstill Tuesday morning.

Ravalli County sheriff’s deputies appeared prepared for a long wait at the Farm View Estates Subdivision on the southwest edge of Corvallis.

The man, who has yet to be identified, is barricaded inside his home in the normally quiet neighborhood.

Two Ravalli County sheriff’s officers attempted to make contact with the man Monday following reports that he had violated conditions of a release from a previous arrest. The man refused to answer the door. The officers observed the man with several firearms, according to a press release.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said Tuesday morning that officers have had limited communications with the man. The conversations were short before the man would hang up.

The man was on Facebook Live for some time Monday before that feed was shut down.

Holton said his office planned to be patient.

“There is a significant mental health component to this one,” Holton said. “We are willing to be pretty patient …Time is on our side as long as we can get the emotions to calm down. We want to give him a chance to come out without anyone getting hurt. That’s our goal.”

Some people have been displaced from their homes.

Bob and Sue Kelly live two houses down from the man. Both were sitting in their vehicles Tuesday morning waiting for the chance to return home.

Sue Kelly said she works from her home and is anxious to be able to return.

The couple moved to the relatively new neighborhood behind the Corvallis Fire Hall two years ago to be closer to their grandchildren who attend Corvallis School.

“It’s a nice little neighborhood,” Kelly said. “It’s been very quiet.”

The man barricaded in his home recently moved in. Kelly said she’s seen him out walking his dog.

“He’s not a very friendly guy,” she said. “He walked the dog around the neighborhood, but never said hello.”

The couple saw the first law enforcement vehicles arrive at the home. Officers asked them to leave not long after that. They’ve been allowed to return to their home once for her husband to get his medicine. They stayed in a motel Monday night.

Kelly said the man did appear on Facebook Live for a time Monday. She said he was wearing full tactical gear and she saw weapons.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said officers have a perimeter set up around the home. They are asking citizens to avoid the area until the situation is resolved.

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