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King City man arrested after barricading himself inside house

Cameron LukeA King City man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly threatened a roommate with a knife, then barricaded himself inside his home.

According to King City Police Chief Chuck Fessler, police responded to a call of an attempted suicide in the 13600 block of Beef Bend Road at about 7 p.m., Saturday.

When they arrived they learned the call stemmed from a domestic disturbance involving 33-year-old Cameron Luke.

Luke allegedly was upset and had pointed a knife at a female roommate as she left the home.

Speaking to officers through the door, Luke was alone inside the home and refused to come out and barricaded himself inside, Fessler said.

The county’s SWAT team, the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team, was called in, Fessler said, as was a mental health official who continued to talk to Luke through the door.

The standoff lasted for about nine hours, Fessler said, well into Sunday morning.

Fessler said that Luke — who has a criminal record and is known to King City Police from previous calls — isn’t normally violent, but became more and more aggressive as the evening went on.

“His demeanor changed,” Fessler said. “As mental health folks talked to him, he became more and more belligerent.”

After receiving an arrest warrant, Fessler said, the SWAT team shot tear gas canisters into the manufactured home.

Luke came out of the home at about 5 a.m., Fessler said,and was arrested without incident.

He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.



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