Armed Wanted & Suicidal Subject
LOCATION: 737 1st Street
ARRESTED: Benjamin Ray Bryant (32 Years of Age)
CHARGES: Parole Board Warrant for Assault II & Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Menacing with Firearm
DATE/TIME: June 25th, 2020 @ 0919 hours
On June 25th, 2020 at 9:19 a.m. the Springfield Police Department (SPD) received a report of a suspect with a gun at an apartment complex adjacent to Meadow Park. Detectives in the area on an unrelated matter responded and located the involved male, Benjamin Ray Bryant, on a balcony and displaying a handgun. Bryant advised he was prepared for a shootout with the police. Additional patrol officers responded to contain Bryant to the 2nd floor balcony and Bryant advised he would engage in a shootout once the media arrived. Nearby residents were evacuated.
The SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators responded and initiated attempts to negotiate a peaceful surrender. Bryant refused to communicate with the police and a family member who offered assistance with the negotiations. He remained silent throughout the four hour incident, but did access social media to livestream the event.
At 1:36 p.m. the SWAT Team, with the assistance of a diversionary device and a police K9, took Bryant into custody.
Bryant was treated at the scene by medics for a dog bite he received, and was subsequently lodged at the Lane County Jail for the above-listed charges.
The Springfield Police Department would like to express our gratitude for nearby residents for their patience, cooperation and understanding throughout this incident.