Road rage incident on Hwy 30 leads to SWAT standoff south of Rainier

Booking photo of Richard Flores alongside a surveillance photo of the suspect from Oregon State Police.jpg

RAINIER, Ore.—A road rage incident sparked a police standoff in Columbia County on Tuesday evening, ending with state troopers arresting a convicted felon on several charges.

Richard Flores Jr., 37, of Rainier, was booked into the Columbia County jail on menacing, recklessly endangering, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct.

State troopers were called out just before 5 p.m. on reports of a road rage incident on Highway 30 near Rainier, where both drivers were yelling at each other.

Troopers went to an address listed for one of the involved vehicles, and Flores confronted them, armed with several guns.

The troopers took cover behind their patrol car and called for backup. Oregon State Police’s SWAT team answered the call, and after several hours of negotiation, Flores surrendered about 10 p.m.

No one was injured, and there were no hostages in the incident.

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