Deputies arrest man following standoff

SWAT called in after suspect allegedly fired shots in dispute with neighbors

By John Hill, Columbian Metro Team Editor and Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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Deputies arrested a man northeast of Hazel Dell on Tuesday following a standoff with police, who responded after the man allegedly fired a rifle during a dispute with neighbors, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 2:40 p.m., deputies were sent to 10419 N.E. 50th Ave. for a report of a disturbance with a weapon, Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger said in a statement.

A 911 caller reported that a neighbor, James Froehilc, had pointed a rifle toward the caller and fired off at least three rounds.

Deputies arrived on scene and were able to remove the victims from the area, Rothenberger said. SWAT officers responded as well, and law enforcement surrounded the house and blocked roads in the area.

Deputies tried to contact the man, who came out of the house armed with a rifle. After a brief standoff he dropped the rifle and retreated back into the house. He remained barricaded inside for some time while deputies attempted to talk to him.

At about 7:30 p.m., deputies brought the suspect into custody without further incident, according to the sheriff’s office. The agency said the man was arrested pending charges of two counts of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and felony harassment.