'I don't understand why this would happen'
ST. HELENS, Ore. - A 21-year-old man suspected of shooting his mother was taken into custody Sunday night following a long standoff in St. Helens.
The incident began around 5 p.m. and was centered in the area of Railroad Avenue and Old Portland Road.
The woman who was shot was taken to the hospital and her son, the person suspected of firing on her, then barricaded himself inside the family's home, police said.
SERT officers responded and several hours later took him into custody without incident. He has been identified as Robert Terry. His mother's name is Dana Terry.
Those close to Terry said he is best friends with his mom and they were shocked to hear what was happening at the home.
"They were awesome together," said Holly McCartney, a friend of the suspect. "He's an amazing guy. He's a mama's boy. I don't understand why this would happen. There is not one thing I would ever change about Robert."
Neighbors, however, told a somewhat different story. Although they said they had never seen police outside the home before, they described Terry as a troublemaker who partied and often sped down the rural road near his home.
"My daughter chased him down and said 'slow down, we have kids in the neighborhood' and he said 'we don't care about your kids,' " said neighbor Bev Lundy.
Another friend of the suspect told us that Robert Terry does tend to get depressed and that he had been texting her that he needed someone to talk to.
We also learned that Dana Terry was named her son's conservator when he was 15 years old. Usually that's for an inheritance or mental health issues, although we do not know why it was done in this case.
Sheriff Jeff Dickerson with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said at this point they have no idea what might have been a motive for the shooting. Terry has no criminal background.
Dana Terry was originally in critical condition but was later upgraded to serious condition. She was shot once in the stomach.