Man found dead in Reedsport motel after police standoff

REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) Police on the Oregon coast say a man sought in a reported abduction has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Reedsport motel room.

The World newspaper reports

that SWAT officers who broke through the room's back window about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday found Bennie Shawn Lee Pishione dead on the bathroom floor with a head wound. He had been holed up alone in the room all day.

Earlier in the afternoon, officers tried to enter the room but say a shot was fired at them. The newspaper says police reported hearing a second shot as they retreated.

Police allege the man forced his estranged girlfriend into his car on Tuesday in Coos Bay, brandishing a brick.

Officers say the girlfriend talked to him by phone on Wednesday and pleaded with him to surrender.

The newspaper says police had not been able to contact the man by phone after the two shots were fired.


Information from: The World,

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