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West Linn man arrested after firing gun during argument with mother

Tyler Edward Kern, 30, was lodged on charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, fourth degree assault and strangulation

A West Linn man was arrested Thursday afternoon after firing a weapon during an argument with his mother.

According to the West Linn Police Department, officers were dispatched to a "suspicious circumstances" call just before 5 p.m. in the 6200 block of Preakness Way. The original caller stated that they had heard a woman say "what are you going to do, shoot me?" and a man's voice reply "I'm not going to jail."


Officers arrived in the area and contacted the woman by phone and quickly learned that her son, 30-year-old Tyler Edward Kern of West Linn, was armed with a handgun and that she was not safe. Officers established a perimeter and opened a dialogue with Kern, who allowed his mother to leave. Approximately an hour later, police said the incident was peacefully resolved when Kern came out of the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators learned that during an argument with his mother, Kern assaulted her, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her, then fired the gun into the ceiling. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries by TVF&R and AMR.

Kern was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, fourth degree assault and strangulation. The case will now be forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney.