STANDOFF IN ELGIN ENDS PEACEFULLY

September 09, 2001 11:00 pm

ELGIN An all-day standoff between police agencies and an Elgin resident ended peacefully late Sunday afternoon when Bradly Wayne Gentry, 35, surrendered.

The standoff began at 9:15 a.m. Sunday with a 911 hang-up call. After officers arrived, they talked to Gentry and a woman. When Gentry learned he would be taken to jail on a charge of fourth-degree assault, he barricaded himself in his house at 590 Division St. before officers could arrest him.

Undersheriff Dana Wright said a woman and children had left the house, and Gentry was alone.

For more than seven hours, law enforcement officers tried to persuade Gentry to surrender. Officers cordoned off a four-block area and told residents about the situation.

Several residents decided to evacuate their homes voluntarily, Wright said.

Gentry pulled the phone cord out of the wall and would not talk to officers during the early hours of the standoff.

Finally, Jim Gray, a reserve deputy with the Union County Sheriffs Department, used a bullhorn and persuaded Gentry to leave the house peacefully. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Gray, a volunteer, is employed at the Oregon Department of Transportation, where Gentry also works.

He (Gentry) recognized Grays voice and decided to come on out, Wright said.

We were just getting ready to call in the Oregon State Police SWAT team, he said.

Gentry was lodged in the Union County jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, domestic, and interfering with a report. Bail was set at $8,107.

Officers from the sheriffs department, Elgin Police Department and OSP responded to the call.