McMinnville standoff comes to quiet end

Joseph Linton being taken into custody by McMinnville police
Joseph Linton being taken into custody by McMinnville police after a Sunday morning standoff. (Photo courtesy of the McMinnville Police Department.)

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A 26-year-old man set off a 10-hour search and standoff Sunday morning after backing into a neighbor's trees.

Just before midnight on May 5, McMinnville police were called by about someone backing into a structure and some trees on a property at 2717 N.E. 27th Court.

While officers were looking for the vehicle in the area, McMinnville Police dispatch received a second call from the same cul-de-sac. Police said the call reported at least one suspect had returned on foot, displayed a knife and offered to fight one of the witnesses. 

"The suspects then went inside 2725 N.E. 27th Court," reports a McMinnville Police press release distributed Sunday afternoon. "Immediately after that, the other suspect came out with a firearm and pointed it at one of the witnesses and chambered a round." 

Officers returned to the scene, securing the outside of the residence. 

"We attempted to communicate with the people inside the house," according to the press release from McMinnville Police Captain Dennis Marks. "But they refused to come out."

Oregon State Police Swat Team responded to assist.

"A search warrant was obtained for the residence," Marks reports, "but was not served as we negotiated to get the resident to allow his 7-year-old daughter to leave the residence."

We're told that two people eventually left the residence on their own. The first was a female babysitter to the daughter. Police said the second was a male named Anthony Salas, who admitted being in the car at some point during the evening.  He was not charged with any crimes at the time of this report.

Just before 10 a.m. Sunday, the 7-year-old girl "was brought out by the resident," Marks said. "She was safely removed from the scene and the resident, Joseph Leslie Linton, was taken into custody by Oregon State Police SWAT members."

The search warrant was then served on the residence.

Linton is now in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. He awaits an arraignment, where he will face charges of the following:

  • Driving while suspended, a misdemeanor
  • Failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run)
  • Menacing
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a firearm (a class C felony)

Anyone with questions about this case, or further information related to the incident, is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307.

Photos from Sunday's standoff, provided by the McMinnville Police Department:

An Oregon State Police SWAT Team vehicle
An Oregon State Police SWAT Team vehicle

A command center set up Sunday morning by responding agencies on 27th Court in McMinnville.
A command center set up by responding agencies outside this 27th Court home in McMinnville.