SCIO, Ore. – Cops arrested a Scio man Christmas night after a standoff that started when the suspect pointed a gun at his mom and ended with the SWAT team pulling the man from a burning mobile home, deputies said.
It all started just after 7 p.m. when a menacing 54-year-old Raymon Eugene Beasley pointed the business end of a rifle at his mother, said Captain Jim Yon with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies showed up at the home in the 38000 block of Northwest Cherry Street after mom called 9-1-1, but Beasley had already taken off.
Two hours later, Beasley was back and trying to break in the front door of the home.
A nearby deputy was at the scene within 3 minutes only to have Beasley turn and point the rifle, aimed with a laser sight, at him, Yon said.
The deputy took cover and commanded Beasley to stand down. Instead, Beasley forced his way into the double-wide mobile home just as his mother sneaked out the back, Yon said.
The Linn County SWAT team swarmed to the scene and surrounded the home as negotiators tried to coax Beasley out. After refusing to come out for nearly 3 hours, authorities spotted heavy smoke pouring from the home just as Beasley revealed himself in a window, Yon said.
Members of the SWAT team pulled Beasley from the home and treated him for smoke inhalation before taking him to jail on burglary and menacing charges.
Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire, which substantially damaged the home, and authorities were still looking for the rifle.
Beasley also has warrants out in Washington County for failure to appear for hit-and-run and driving while revoked charges.