First Addition standoff leads to arrest


A Lake Oswego man was arrested last Thursday after a dispute at his home nearly led to a police standoff.

Instead, the incident ended peacefully.

Michael Roderic Carlson, 67, was arrested for assault, menacing, interfering with 9-1-1, harassment, strangulation and disorderly conduct after police were called to his home at 444 Sixth St. at 9:06 p.m.

Police say Carlson was visiting with five adult family members when an argument started.

'Prior to this the family had been out locally, out for dinner, and then came back home,' said Don Forman, a captain in the Lake Oswego Police Department.

Forman said that as the argument got heated, Carlson displayed a shotgun and handgun. Family members later reported that Carlson threatened that he would hurt them or fire the gun and they were discouraged from calling the police, Forman said.

Three police officers arrived at the residence four minutes after receiving an emergency call from people inside.

From the front door, they observed Carlson inside with a gun at his side and his free arm wrapped around the torso or neck of another person.

The police retreated but were still in phone contact with people inside the home. Police encouraged the others to leave the house if they could while help was summoned from at least three other local police officers and police from West Linn.

Four of the adults were able to leave the home while Carlson remained inside with one other, Forman said.

Just a few minutes later, at 9:22 p.m., Carlson came out of the house with the second adult, ending the conflict.

'We're pleased this was resolved this way,' said Forman. 'With firearms involved and threats being made, that's pretty serious.'

No one was injured in the incident but scratches were observed, Forman said, and one adult reported hair-pulling.

Police later seized 10 firearms from inside the house for safe-keeping.

Carlson was taken to the Clackamas County Jail and has since been released. He will appear in the Lake Oswego Municipal Court on related charges, all misdemeanors.