Armed man in custody after 10-hour standoff

Armed man in custody after 10-hour standoff
Cary Lee Woodward.

NEAR CLATSKANIE, Ore. - Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from nearby police departments arrested a 51-year-old man after a standoff that lasted nearly 10 hours Friday night.

Deputies said they received reports at about 2:20 p.m. saying that Cary Lee Woodard had gone "berserk" and started firing a .22-caliber, bolt-action rifle in a house during some kind of dispute.

Those living in the home escaped uninjured and called 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house, police said.

It happened in the 18000 block of Co Op Road, west of Clatskanie.

Police officers and deputies from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) surrounded the home and waited for members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team to arrive, which happened at about 9 p.m. Deputies said the OSP SWAT had been at another location.

SWAT team members took Woodard into custody at around 12:10 a.m. Saturday after a short struggle, police said.

Woodard was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

"My thanks to the OSP SWAT team and the officers from the agencies in our county who stepped up to help us in this life-threatening situation," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Thanks also to the firefighters of the Clatskanie Fire District who stood by throughout the ordeal, and to the dispatchers of the Columbia 911 communications district who helped immensely during the standoff."

According to deputies, Woodard has a criminal history. He was arrested for murder but was convicted of manslaughter, which is a lesser crime.

Police said they don't have any indication that Woodard fired directly at anyone, including police. They said the residents told them that Woodward would resist being arrested.

Woodard faces charges of menacing and felon in possession of a firearm, among others, police said.