Springfield Police avoid major crisis in standoff with suicidal man
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police say a crisis was averted on Friday night, when they peacefully ended a standoff in Springfield.
According to officials, 67-year-old Gregory Hall Sr. threatened family members with a gun and made suicidal statements. Police responded to the residents on Forsythia Street around 4 p.m., where family members were able to evacuate, leaving Hall barricaded inside with several firearms.
A SWAT team evacuated nearby residents while negotiators spoke with the disturbed man until 7 p.m. Police say they were able to grab him when he inched closer to the door.
"He was very resistant to communicating, he was hanging up the phone," said Lt. Scott McKee. "Our negotiators got on the phone with him and just were persistent and I think the resolution in this case was really a credit to our negotiators."
Hall has been charged with Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and he has since been booked in the Springfield Jail.
Lt. McKee says the peaceful resolution is only possible with the negotiations team that worked the case.