Defendant accused of variety of charges following standoff with police


April 3, 2019

Darrell Loren Schilling, 50, of Sweet Home, was arraigned March 25 in Linn County Circuit Court on eight charges in connection to an armed standoff with police March 22-23.

The charges include two counts of fourth-degree assault, reckless driving, criminal trespass while in possession of a firearm and interfering with a peace officer, all class A misdemeanors; and coercion, attempting to elude a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon, all class C felonies.

The District Attorney’s office added the charges of interfering with a peace officer, coercion and one count of fourth-degree assault when it filed the case.

Police also had arrested Schilling on probable cause for menacing and violation of a no-contact order, but the District Attorney’s office did not file on those charges.

According to court documents, the state alleges that on March 22, Schilling physically injured a woman twice and then threatened her, before fleeing from police to a property off Clark Mill Road, where he allegedly refused to obey a lawful order by a police officer and threatened to use a firearm.

The District Attorney’s office also filed a notice that, if Schilling is found guilty, the state would ask the court to impose an enhanced sentenced because the degree of loss or harm was significantly greater than typical for such offenses.

On March 22, police had responded to a reported fight at Safeway and arrested Schilling for second-degree disorderly conduct. Following his release from the jail at Sweet Home Police Department, police responded to a report of a disturbance and possible assault in the 2200 block of Ironwood Street at 5:34 p.m.

According to police, as Schilling was leaving in a vehicle, officers attempted a traffic stop and he fled to a wooded area off Clark Mill.

According to Sgt. Chris Wingo, Schilling exited his vehicle with an assault-style firearm and refused to comply with officer commands, taking cover at the front of his vehicle.

Linn County Regional SWAT responded with a negotiator, but the standoff lasted into the early morning. Lane County SWAT relieved Linn County SWAT. Schilling surrendered at about 5:30 a.m. on March 23.

He remained lodged at Linn County Jail Monday, April 1.

Schilling is scheduled to appear next at a status hearing at 8:30 a.m. April 22.


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