Florence man arrested following SWAT standoff

Scott Williams (Lane County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

FLORENCE, Ore. -- A Florence man was arrested Wednesday night following a standoff in a mobile home park, Oregon State Police said.

Around 9 p.m., OSP troopers responded to the report of a drunk and disorderly man at the Rhododendron Trailer Park in Florence, located at 87735 Highway 101.

While en route, police received word that the man, identified as 54-year-old Scott Williams, had threatened to shoot everyone in the park, the report said.

Troopers arrived and located Williams in his single-wide manufactured home.

While attempting to make contact with Williams, he pointed a firearm at the troopers, the report said.

Additional units were called and a perimeter was set up. Attempts were made for some time for Williams to come out but he refused to do so, police said.

OSP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team responded due the dangerous nature of the call.

Once SWAT was on scene, crisis negotiators spoke with Williams, who refused to come out and threatened to kill SWAT members, according to the report.

In total, troopers called on Williams' surrender for over 6 hours, advising he was under arrest and for him to exit the trailer peacefully, police said.

After OSP detectives obtained a search warrant for Williams' arrest, SWAT introduced chemical agents (pepper spray and tear gas) into the trailer.

Williams subsequently exited, but still didn't complying with command, and he was tasered, police said.

He was taken into custody around 3 a.m. and taken to the Lane County Jail.

A loaded handgun was recovered from the scene, the report said.

Williams was booked on the following charges:

  • Pointing Firearm at Another
  • Menacing
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Unlawful use of a Weapon
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