Man killed himself in North Plains standoff, police say

Man killed himself in North Plains standoff, police say
Flames engulf a home in North Plains during a police standoff with an armed man. The standoff started inside the house after a shooting left a man with serious injuries.

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – A 30-year-old man in an hours-long standoff with police Wednesday killed himself with a gun, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The home on Northwest Mountaindale Road near Dairy Creek Road caught fire during the standoff. Investigators later found Brian R. Olson dead inside. Police said he shot his girlfriend’s son, 24-year-old James Crandall, with a high-powered rifle after some kind of dispute.

Crandall was shot in his upper abdomen. He is in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, according to the sheriff’s office.
 
The fire started after deputies fired tear gas canisters into the home. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said investigators haven’t determined the cause of the fire due to the intensity of the fire that destroyed evidence.

But he said there were no tear gas canisters anywhere near where the fire started. He also said tear gas canisters are designed not to have open flames. But investigators did find a propane torch near Olson’s body, Ray said.