Sheriff: Lincoln Co. man with AK-47 set home on fire with family inside

Sheriff: Lincoln Co. man with AK-47 set home on fire with family inside
Leroy Erwin Adams

OTIS, Ore. - A man armed with an AK-47 and upset about family issues set his house on fire and prevented his wife, mother and 2 daughters from fleeing the flames while keeping firefighters at bay Tuesday afternoon, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

The fire destroyed the home, but no one was injured despite a half hour standoff, the sheriff's office said.

Leroy Erwin Adams, 48, is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Reckless Burning, Arson in the First Degree and five counts of Domestic Menacing.

The sheriff, state police and Lincoln City police responded at 4:45 p.m. to Bear Creek Road in Otis for a report of an armed man burning his house down while blocking his family's exit.

Law enforcement were met on scene by Adams, who they said was armed with an AK-47, several high-capacity magazines and a handgun. Adams was preventing his family from leaving and stopping firefighters from fighting the fire as flames fully engulfed the home, the sheriff's office said.

His two daughters were able to leave the home, and several minutes later the wife and mother got out, too, the sheriff's office said.

Adams disarmed himself and surrendered to deputies after 30 minutes of negotiations with law enforcement.

Firefighters went to work fighting the flames, but by then it was too late to save the home, the sheriff's office said.