A 10-hour, Clatskanie-area standoff with a 61-year-old shooting suspect ended shortly after midnight Saturday morning following a brief struggle, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s office.
Oregon State Police SWAT team members took Cary Lee Woodard of Clatskanie into custody at 12:10 a.m., and medics took him to an area hospital with “unknown injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening,” according to a written statement from the sheriff’s office.
Woodard was later booked into the Columbia County Jail on suspicion of first-degree menacing and being a felon in possession of a firearm, also in the first-degree. The scene was locked down while investigators served a search warrant on the property at 18382 Co-Op Road to look for evidence.
The search uncovered evidence of a marijuana-growing operation at the two-bedroom home, with 19 mature plants. The sheriff’s office is following up on that through the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT). According to the sheriff’s office, one resident is listed as a “caregiver,” but the plants there weren’t being grown appropriately under medical marijuana rules.
Deputies responded to the scene in a rural area north of Clatskanie just off Beaver Falls Road at 2:20 p.m. Friday after receiving reports that Woodard “had gone berserk during a squabble at the residence there. Woodard reportedly took a .22-caliber, bolt-action rifle and began firing it off in the house,” according to the statement. Residents in the home fled uninjured, going to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
As they responded to the scene, deputies learned Woodard had a criminal history. He had been arrested on suspicion of murder but later convicted of the lesser offense of manslaughter.
The standoff victims in Friday’s case warned officers that Woodard would resist arrest, the statement said.
Officers and deputies from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) took up perimeter positions. OSP SWAT team members began arriving around 9 p.m. Officers from the Clatskanie, Rainier, Columbia City, St. Helens, Ore., and Scappoose, Ore., police departments also responded.
Further details about how the standoff ended weren’t immediately available.
“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,” Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said in a prepared statement.