by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCSO - Paul Jeffery SmithThe suicidal man arrested early Monday morning at a residence near Meridian Road and Whiskey Hill Road in rural southwestern Clackamas County has been identified as Paul Jeffery Smith, 46.

Smith was treated that morning for a bullet wound and released from Silverton Hospital before being booked at the Clackamas County Jail.

On Jan. 13 at approximately 9:13 pm, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the residence after a report of a man making suicidal threats with a gun.

Through multiple sources, the deputies determined the threats were credible. The suspect was reported to have multiple weapons and had armed himself. There were other individuals who lived on the property, both in the same residence and in a detached residence.

Initially CCSO responded with patrol deputies and a police canine but then determined the need for the response of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and the Hostage Negotiations Team. Both teams responded to the location to contain and attempt to resolve the situation in a safe manner.

On Jan. 14 before 2 a.m., due to Smith's actions, police say, he was shot by a SWAT member. Shortly after being shot, he was taken into custody.

Smith has been provided services by Clackamas County Community Health at the jail. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Smith was released from the Clackamas County Jail as an investigation continues. Clackamas County Community Health will follow-up with Smith. Meanwhile, detectives continue to conduct interviews and investigate Smith's actions as they consider possible criminal charges.

The residents at the location had been evacuated and no innocent bystanders or deputies were injured during this incident.

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