Man in lengthy standoff guilty only of misdemeanors

A Shady Cove man was sentenced to 10 days in jail, fined $8,500 and placed on three years' unsupervised probation for his actions during a February standoff with police.

Andrew James Hinds, 48, of the 200 block of Deer Park Lane, was sentenced today in Jackson County Circuit Court by Judge Ray White after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges: pointing a laser light at an officer and recklessly endangering another.

The standoff began about 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, when deputies received a report that an apparently intoxicated and suicidal man had fired his rifle in his residence and was threatening "suicide by cop," according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters.

Hinds was eventually taken into custody by deputies 7 1/2 hours later, but not before the county's Special Weapons and Tactics team was called in and a half dozen residences in the neighborhood were evacuated, police said.

"These (standoff situations) are serious for everybody," said White. "This puts everybody in absolute danger."

The judge ordered Hinds to undergo mental health evaluations and treatment, forfeit all his weapons and avoid all intoxicants. Hinds will be given credit for time served after his February arrest, White said.

Hinds was arrested on four counts of use or carrying of a weapon, endangering the welfare of another, two counts of invasion of personal privacy and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct. White expressed frustration that the plea agreement negotiations, which removed all felony charges, had failed to place Hinds on supervised probation.

But White denied a request by Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Loomis to negate the agreement and give Hinds a one-year sentence, saying she should have made sure Hinds would be supervised before allowing the plea to move to sentencing.

— Sanne Specht

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