Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, July 8 2013 at 4:25 PM, Updated: Mon, July 8 2013 at 4:36 PM
Home video of an arrest and tasing is bringing up questions tonight about a standoff in Klamath Falls...
Police told NBC2's Lyle Ahrens that the man had been threatening to shoot himself, and cops...before they finally got him in the car.
Making the rounds on the web, and raising questions...
This home video shot by a KOBI5 viewer shows Klamath Falls deputies tasing 36 year old Hunter Luther Cole, who is already handcuffed.
Police say Cole was armed, and threatening to kill himself and others...still resisting after being cuffed.
Deputy J. Weber of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office reports that police were called to a duplex on Homedale Road shortly after five on Sunday afternoon...
"Arrived on scene, and a male was verbally agitated, threatening to kill himself and shoot deputies."
Police say Cole came out on his porch with a high-powered rifle...creating a dangerous situation...causing neighbors to be evacuated.
"He came out several times holding one of the rifles that you pictured earlier." Notes Deputy Weber. "And I believe it's the fourth time he came out, we were able to subdue him."
Police say they found more trouble in the house...
"When we went and secured the second rifle, we located a large amount of marijuana in there." Added Deputy Weber. "And we're ascertaining if it's legitimate use."
Police are trying to find out today if Cole holds a medical marijuana card.
For now, Cole is charged with menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
No word from the deputies about the use of the taser on Cole after he's cuffed.
Police say Cole fired a shot through the ceiling of his apartment prior to their arrival.
The standoff lasted about 20 minutes.
Officers believe Cole may have been drinking prior to the incident.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.