Police: Man arrested for standoff linked to homicide
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg police are investigating what they say is a homicide, after they found a body in a burning home in Roseburg Monday morning.
They have also linked the man arrested after a standoff with police that shut down a major Roseburg street.
On Monday morning just after 7:20 a.m., the Roseburg Fire Department responded to 437 SE Ramp for a reported residential fire.
Once inside the residence firefighters found one adult male was deceased. Roseburg police say Richard Dale Casebeer, 71, is presumed to be the victim, as he was the lone resident.
The Roseburg Police Department responded for the death investigation and soon found evidence that suggested the incident may have been a homicide.
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and began investigating the incident.
During their investigation, police say they developed Jonathan Lackey, 23, as a person of interest in the homicide.
Roseburg Police Department spokesperson, Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch, told KPIC News that Lackey was Casebeer's grandson through marriage.
Later that afternoon, Detectives from the Major Crimes Team learned that Lackey was staying at the Casa Loma Motel in Roseburg and they attempted to contact him there.
Lackey came out of his room and pointed a handgun at detectives and started shooting.
There was a brief exchange of gunfire between detectives and Lackey, before Lackey fled back inside the room.
After several hours of negotiations, Lackey surrendered without further incident.
Casebeer's next of kin have been notified, but positive identification is pending the results from the Medical Examiner's Office.
Both incidents are still being investigated by the Major Crimes Team and the Oregon State Police.
Police say that more detail regarding the two cases cannot be released at this time.