Grants Pass man arrested following standoff

Grants Pass, Ore. — A Grants Pass man is in police custody, after causing an hour long standoff¬†Thursday morning. Lieutenant Todd Moran with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said just after 8 AM, construction workers called police to report a man threatening them with a gun.

“He had cycled the gun, and was making threatening statements toward the construction workers,” Lt. Moran said.

Police responded to 4th and Bridge street, and found the man outside the house.

“From their perimeter, they started trying to make contact with the subject that had the gun,” Lt. Moran said. “He initially came out a little bit, of the residence, and then retreated inside, and essentially barricaded inside.”

Shortly after, the SWAT team arrived to assist. Deputy Chief Jim Hamilton said the SWAT team was training nearby when the call came out.

“It was just a few minutes for us to switch gears, and then drive down and actually go into a live operation,” Deputy Chief Hamilton said.

After an hour, police were able to take the suspect, Jeffrey Kime-Pelt, 29, into custody without incident. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of menacing, and felon in possession of a firearm.

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