Man arrested following four-hour long standoff

Medford, Ore., — A four-hour long standoff between a Medford man and police ended in an arrest, leaving neighbors alarmed Sunday morning.

Medford Police responded to the 700 block of Northwood Drive Saturday night, after two roommates got into an argument.

Police say one of the men, 54-year-old Richard Scriven, was intoxicated.

MPD says he told officers he was armed, and would shoot them if they came to the door.

Officers determined there was nothing more they could do, and cleared the scene.

“The case at that time hadn’t really risen to that level to where we wanted to aggravate him anymore, whatever he had going on was exasperated by the fact that he had been drinking alcohol all night, and was intoxicated when we contacted him,” said Medford Police Sergeant Geoff Kirpatrick.

Police say they planned on returning this morning, but before they could, Scriven began calling 911.

Officers say he dialed over 30 times for non-emergency reasons, and continued to talk about being armed.

Officers went back to the apartment with a hostage negotiator, along with a crisis worker from Jackson County Mental Health.

Neighbors in the area were told to stay inside.

“I got up and went outside to see what was happening, and they told me to go back inside,” said one neighbor, John Thomas.

After four hours, Scriven attempted to leave the apartment and was tased, before being taken into custody.

Police say he had multiple knives and a BB gun with him.

Scriven is now lodged in Jackson County Jail for menacing and unlawful use of 911.

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