Hwy 101 closed in Brookings while SWAT handles standoff

BROOKINGS, Ore. -- State Police closed down Highway 101 in Brookings Saturday night while law enforcement handled a potentially dangerous standoff, the Curry County Sheriff said.

The incident began when Brookings Police and the Curry County Sheriff's Office followed up on a reported sexual assault.

Deputies contacted a suspect in the case at a home off of Highway 101. The man then barricaded himself in a room and threatened to kill anyone who would try to put him under arrest.

The investigating officers backed out of the residence and tried talking with the suspect, who was later identified as Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, from Alaska. 

A State Police SWAT team was called out to help Brookings Police and the Curry County Sheriff's Office reason with King. State Police closed down Highway 101 at around 6 p.m. Saturday for the safety of passing motorists.

The SWAT team sent in a robot and canisters of tear gas after several hours and many unsuccessful attempts to contact King, the Curry County Sheriff said.

According to a report from the Sheriff, the team broke into the barricaded room at 4:20 a.m. Sunday to find King had hurt himself. Officials said King was still refusing to cooperate, so the SWAT team used a stun gun on the man before taking him into custody.

King reportedly lost a lot of blood from his self-inflicted wounds, so he was immediately flown to the Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay for treatment.

Police dispatch said troopers from Salem were driving down Interstate 5 to help with the situation off of  Highway 101.