Sheriff: Fire ends standoff with armed suspect

Sheriff: Fire ends standoff with armed suspect

SCIO, Ore. - A man who pointed a laser-scoped rifle at a deputy on Christmas night set off a standoff that ended hours later when the home where the suspect holed up caught fire, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The case started Christmas around 7 p.m. with a report that a man threatened his mother with a firearm. The suspect fled before law enforcement arrived, the sheriff said.

But he came back around 9:30 p.m. This time a deputy responded and found the suspect standing outside the home holding a rifle equipped with a laser scope, the sheriff said.

The suspect - later identified as Raymon Eugene Beasley, 54, of Scio - refused voice commands from the deputy and forced his way into his mother's home, the sheriff said. Beasely's mother was able to escape out another door.

The Linn County Regional SWAT deployed around the house to contain the situation while negotiators talked with Beasley, who refused to come out of the house, the sheriff said.

At approximately 12:14 a.m. Thursday morning, heavy smoke started coming out of the house.

Beasley came to a window and was pulled from the home by the SWAT team, the sheriff said.

Beasley was treated for smoke inhalation before being taken to jail.

Deputies arrested Beasley on charges of Burglary I and Menacing, as well as outstanding warrants out of Washington County and the Lebanon Municipal Court.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Oregon State Police with the help of the Linn-Benton Fire Investigative Team.