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Suicide attempt turns to arrest
JOSEPH — The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls Saturday regarding a 45-year-old Joseph man, who had a handgun and was threatening occupants of a residence and wanted to commit suicide.
At approximately 2:45 p.m., Dennis Sands Jr. entered a house in Joseph while armed with a handgun, was yelling obscenities and threatening the occupants and saying he was going to to take his own life.
The disturbance was heard by nearby Joseph residents who became aware of the situation.
Wallowa County deputies and one Enterprise police officer arrived on the scene. Deputies could see Sands was armed with a handgun and could hear him making threats to commit suicide.
When officers confronted Sands, he pointed the handgun he was holding to his head. Sands, who was walking back to his own residence, was again saying that he was going to shoot himself.
Sands was taken into custody after he was shot in the back with a less-than-lethal beanbag shotgun, which caused him to fall to the ground. Police were then able to safely take him into custody without any further incident.
Sands was transported to Wallowa Memorial Hospital by ambulance for evaluation and treatment. While at the hospital, he kicked a hospital employee who was attempting to treat him.
Sands was then charged with third-degree attempted assault, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and three counts of attempted menacing and criminal trespassing.
Sands was cleared by the hospital and transported to the Union County Jail. Sands was also evaluated by Wallowa County Mental Health.
The case is still under investigation at this time. He will be arraigned Monday.