Man at center of standoff works for the Department of Corrections

Man at center of standoff works for the Department of Corrections »Play Video
Michael Wilson Yann.

TURNER, Ore. - It turns out an armed man who got into a standoff with police in Turner Saturday night is a Department of Corrections employee working out of Salem.

The trouble for 39-year-old Michael Wilson Yann began around 9 p.m. when police responded to a call about a drunk man who was staggering down 7th Street in Turner.

The caller told police they had tried to convince the man to get out of the street, but the guy had challenged the person to fight.

Here's what happened when officers arrived, according to a news release issued by the Marion County Sheriff's Office:

"While talking with the caller, Officer David Walters spotted the intoxicated man running on Delaney toward 7th Street."

"With the backup assistance of Aumsville Officer Shane Bird, Walters contacted the man in front of his house in the 7400 block of 7th Street.  The man's wife came from the house and joined in the conversation.  While talking with the couple, the man suddenly ran into the house and reappeared with a handgun.  He challenged the officers and fired several rounds at them, then retreated back to the house and fired several more rounds through a window.  The Officers were not hit and did not return fire because the suspect's wife was in their line of fire."

"Officers established a perimeter around the house and called for additional assistance.  During the next few hours, Marion County SWAT team, Tactical Negotiators and additional officers from Keizer, Salem and the Oregon State Police arrived to assist.  The area was blocked off and neighbors were asked to vacate their homes until the suspect was taken into custody."

"Negotiators made numerous attempts to contact the suspect while he was holding up in the house, but he failed to respond.  At approximately 12:40am he suddenly came out of the front door and surrendered to deputies.  Deputies recovered a 9mm handgun at the house.
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Police later released the man's name and that's when we learned he is an employee of the Department of Corrections. Yann works for a transport unit based mainly out of the penitentiary in Salem. His job is to transport prisoners for court appearances and medical treatments.

Yann is now facing charges of aggravated attempted murder (two counts), attempted murder (two counts) and second-degree disorderly conduct.

He is being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

As far as Yann's employment with the Department of Corrections, he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He has worked there for about 15 years.

Turner Police Chief Donny Taylor commented on what happened in a news release, saying "I'm very proud of the poise and professionalism displayed by the officers while under fire. I'm also pleased that Yann was taken into custody before anyone got hurt. This incident could have ended tragically."

KATU Reporter Bob Heye contributed to this report.