Sutherlin, Or (KMTR) A Sutherlin man is in jail facing multiple charges after Police stumble upon a homemade bomb in the man's home.
Officers originally responded to a call about the man, 64 year old Ted Stockton, acting suspicious outside of the trailer he was staying in on Emerald St. in Sutherlin. When they arrived, they found Ted had kicked over his fire pit and flames were quickly spreading to nearby bushes.
Police put out the fire and discovered Stockton, who's a felon on probation, uncooperative and appearing to be on drugs.
While searching Stockton’s home, they found firearms, drugs, and a tiny homemade bomb. Police say the device was made out of a C02 cartridge, not large enough to damage a building, but the shrapnel, if detonated near a person, could cause severe injury or death.
"When an Officer can identify a possible explosive device, they’ll want to leave it in place and call the State Police Bomb Squad and take their advice on what to do with it,” says Sutherlin Police Chief Randy Schoen, “and their advice was secure the scene and wait for them to arrive and take care of it."
Chief Schoen says based on the relatively small size of the bomb, they did not have to evacuate any neighbors nearby. O.S.P. Bomb Squad removed the device from the scene at about Tuesday morning.
Stockton is facing reckless burning, possession of meth, felony in possession of firearms, and unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.