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Man in custody after standoff with deputies Friday night

Shots fired as deputies approached home


A 58-year-old Scappoose man was in custody Saturday, Sept. 19, after a 2½ hour standoff with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a home outside of Scappoose where shots were fired as deputies approached the residence. Scott Milke was lodged in the Columbia County Jail on charges that include menacing and recklessly endangering another.

An interview with the suspect’s spouse determined that no physical violence had occurred between the two, and no

crimes had occurred during the initial disturbance.

The suspect began firing shots from a 12-gauge shotgun as deputies approached, but it is unknown if the suspect was aware it was sheriff’s deputies who were approaching the home, or if he intended to shoot at the deputies.

At least four shots were fired while the deputies took cover and as the suspect challenged them to show themselves. An undetermined number of shots were also fired before and as deputies were arriving. Deputies first received the call at 8:41 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, and responded to an address on Mountain View Road off of Dutch Canyon Road after neighbors called 911, reporting the suspect had been in a domestic dispute with his wife and had begun firing off rounds while sitting on his front porch.

The suspect was reported to be intoxicated. Deputies arrived at 8:56 p.m. and could hear shots being fired. Once the Sheriff’s Office deputies determined no crimes had occurred between the couple, they began efforts to de-escalate the dangerous scene, negotiating with the suspect via telephone to surrender.

Milke surrendered and deputies took him into custody at 11:35 p.m., ending the standoff. No one was injured. Milke has since been released from jail.