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Police: Man taken into custody after firing shots out window of Sutherlin motel, standoff

Sutherlin Police arrested James Michael Perry, 54, on charges of Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct II, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Trespass II, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Improper Use of Emergency Communications System early Tuesday morning. (Douglas County Jail)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A Cottage Grove man faces accusations he fired a gun out the window of his motel room before a 2-hour standoff with police early Tuesday morning.

Sutherlin Police arrested James Michael Perry, 54, on charges of Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct II, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Trespass II, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Improper Use of Emergency Communications System.

Officers and sheriff's deputies responded to the Motel 6 in Sutherlin after a man - later identified as Perry - called 911 and hung up.

"Perry had also verbally threatened the motel clerk," police said.

"Officers attempted to contact Perry at the door, but heard the sound of the slide on a firearm," police said. "Officers backed away and called the room. Perry admitted he had a firearm in the room and told officers he had shot out the window of the room."

Police worked for 2 hours to get Perry to come out of his room.

Once he was in custody, police said "evidence that Perry had in fact shot out the window was found in the room along with a firearm."

Why?

"Perry told officers that he believed people were following him," police said, "and he fired a couple shots through the window into the air."

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