Standoff results in apparent suicide

A Sweet Home man died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10, of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers tried to make contact with him, police said.

According to a police report, officers responded to 3302 Long St., across from Hawthorne School, after receiving a call at 3:42 p.m. from Robyn Van Deusen, 53, who reported that her ex-husband had pulled a shotgun on her and refused to let her leave his house, cutting her finger.

According to police, the man, Kenneth Van Deusen, 50, threatened to commit suicide if officers responded.

Police Communications Commander Penny Leland said officers did respond, both to the Long Street address, which was Kenneth Van Deusen’s home, and to a 44th Avenue location to which Robyn Van Deusen had fled. Long Street was blocked off for several blocks around Kenneth Van Deusen’s home.

Leland said police made phone contact with Kenneth Van Deusen, but lost communication and then heard a muffled gunshot inside the house. She said an officer entered the residence and found Van Deusen dead of a gunshot wound.

Long Street was opened about 5 p.m. as police investigated the death.