Eagle Point standoff ends peacefully

EAGLE POINT — An Eagle Point man was arrested Thursday after holding a gun to his throat and trying to goad police into shooting him during a standoff, authorities said.

Adam Wanger, 32, was charged with pointing a firearm at another, disorderly conduct and reckless endangering after Eagle Point police negotiated a peaceful end to the standoff.

Officers were called to Wanger's home on Canyon Road just after 6 p.m. after they received word Wanger was arguing with his ex-wife over the custody of their children, Eagle Point police Chief David Strand said.

"When we got there he was gone, but drove back with a .357 revolver," Strand said.

Wanger then kept the officers at bay inside his garage. He pointed the gun at his throat and then at police.

"He was trying to get the officers to shoot him," Strand said. "The officers cleared the wife and kids from the scene."

Eagle Point police Lt. John Meeker and Detective Jim Gray were called in to negotiate with Wanger.

"Detective Gray talked him down after a while," Strand said. "He started to listen to us."

Wanger then asked to speak with Meeker, who was friends with his father, Strand said.

"Through that common denominator they managed to end the situation," Strand said.

Wanger was taken into custody and transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center's 2-North unit for evaluation.

Strand praised his officers for keeping their cool during the tense standoff.

"This is the second time in the last three years someone has tried to make one of our officers shoot him," Strand said. "The officers have cause to use deadly force if someone points a gun at them, but when push comes to shove we'd rather solve it by negotiation."

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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