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Knock on door of wanted felon leads to police standoff, arrest

Erik Sigvaldsen slammed door on police and escaped house
by: Washington County Sheriff's Office, Erik Sigvaldsen

What started as a routine knock on a door by Tigard Police turned into an hours-long standoff with tactical officers in Metzger Thursday afternoon.

At about 3 p.m., Thursday, May 31, two Tigard Police detectives were investigating a crime that led them to a home in the 9400 block of 88th Avenue in Metzger, outside of the city limits.

Police knocked on the door, intending to ask the homeowner a few questions.

According to police, the door was answered by Erik Sigvaldsen, 41, a reportedly well-known criminal in the Tigard area with a long criminal record and a history of resisting arrest.

Sigvaldsen reportedly gave the detectives a false name, then immediately slammed the door and locked it.

Detectives, recognizing him from his previous run-ins with the law, called police dispatch to confirm the man was Sigvaldsen and checked to see if there were any outstanding warrants for his arrest.

There were two, a felony probation violation for possessing methamphetamine and a felony probation violation for giving false information to a police officer about liability insurance.

Sigvaldsen was not the subject of the police's investigation, and police called Washington County sheriffs deputies to handle arresting Sigvaldsen. Deputies arrived at about 4 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies learned there was a gun in the home. Given Sigvaldsen's history of violence - he had been arrested on charges of resisting arrest in the past, said Wasington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Thompson - deputies called in the county's Hostage Negotiation Team and the Tactical Negotiation Team to help handle the situation.

'Given his history of violence and with a gun in the house, it put it over the top for us to call in TNT,' Thompson said. 'We have certain criteria and situations where we call out the tactical team, all those things added up and became a TNT call.'

Deputies and tactical officers were unable to speak to Sigvaldsen, Thompson said. Hostage negotiators called the home and knocked on the door several times.

After about three hours, a team of officers broke out several windows and entered the house to apprehend Sigvaldsen, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Sigvaldsen had somehow escaped, Thompson said, likely right after slamming the door on the two Tigard detectives.

As police searched the area for Sigvaldsen, Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said the two detectives who had knocked on the door earlier that morning saw Sigvaldsen leaving Busters Barbecue, 11419 S.W. Pacific Highway, about a mile from the house.

The two detectives pulled Sigvaldsen over on Pacific Highway near the restaurant. He was arrested without incident.