Gun threat triggers Klamath Falls apartment evacuation

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Reports of a man with a gun triggered the partial evacuation of a Klamath Falls apartment complex this weekend.

Lieutenant Jack Daniel of the Klamath Falls Police Department says officers got a report of an armed man threatening people at the Granvue Apartments just after 7 Sunday night.  “And upon our arrival we discovered a large amount of blood on the exterior door, as well as signs of a struggle in the hallway.”

Most of the complex was evacuated as a precaution.

“They just asked me to vacate,” explained neighbor Joseph Haynes. “Because there was a dude in there with a gun and there was blood on the wall.  And they were telling them to vacate and stuff – it was pretty crazy.”

Police later discovered there was no gun involved.

“There had been a physical fight earlier in the afternoon,” said Lieutenant Daniel. “That had not been reported to law enforcement.  And the blood on the exterior door was from that event.”

That fight is still under investigation, police will not release any further details.

Klamath Falls Police were assisted by Oregon State Police during the evacuation, and investigation.

 

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.

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