OSP: Man has standoff with SWAT Team after shooting

OSP: Man has standoff with SWAT Team after shooting

MERLIN, Ore. -- A 68-year old man was arrested on multiple charges following an over six hour standoff with Oregon State Police SWAT and troopers early Thursday morning.

Authorities say they were called to an apartment at about 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the 100 block of Peach Street in Merlin, for a report of a man who had been shot.

Authorities say a man shot another man in the hand.

When troopers arrived at the apartment, the suspect involved in the shooting remained in the apartment and refused to comply with police talking to him on the phone, officials said.

The SWAT Team was called in and the as OSP spoke with him on the phone.

Authorities say that at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Stephen Lester Powers, 68, finally surrendered and was taken into custody.

Troopers say he was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on several charges, including second degree assault, being a felon in possession of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another, among many others.

After his arrest, OSP obtained a search warrant for the apartment. While searching for evidence, troopers say they found a possible explosive device.

OSP Hazardous Device technicians responded and determined the object was not explosive. A firearm was recovered in connection with the incident, troopers said.