A Chiloquin man is in custody after a prolonged standoff from Sunday afternoon into the late evening where Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies were shot at, and a home set fire, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
In custody is Steven Earl White, who is being held at the Klamath County Jail.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the 37000 block of Highway 97 near Chiloquin. Upon arrival deputies were fired upon from a subject inside the residence.
Deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to encourage the suspect to give himself up, and at approximately 9:30 p.m. deputies prepared to make entry into the residence in order to take the subject into custody. The subject had started a fire in the residence in an attempt to evade arrest. White was arrested and was charged with improper use of 911, unlawful use of a weapon, two charges of attempt to commit a crime, two charges of menacing, criminal mischief in the first degree, arson in the first degree. He is being held at the Klamath County Jail in lieu of $135,000 bail.
Law enforcement officers from Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, and U.S. Forest Service assisted KCSO in taking White into custody. There were no injuries sustained by responders or White, and light damage to one KCSO patrol vehicle when it came under fire from the suspect.
Highway 97 and side streets in the Chiloquin area were closed for several hours. In addition, KCSO was assisted in the area by Chiloquin Fire & Rescue, Klamath County Emergency Management, Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Oregon Department of Transportation.