PENDLETON - A 44-year-old man who held police at bay a week ago while waving weapons and yelling threats was indicted by a grand jury Thursday afternoon for unlawful use of a weapon.
Keith H. Perkins, of 502 S.W. Nye Ave., is expected to be arraigned next Thursday on the felony as well as misdemeanor charges of pointing a firearm at another, menacing, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and harassment for the all-night standoff April 22 that kept neighbors hiding in their homes.
Neighbors said that incident began between 5 and 6 p.m. when they heard yelling coming from the residence. That yelling allegedly continued throughout the evening.
Dispatchers received a call just before 11 p.m. from a boy, who reported a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman at the residence. Police were dispatched to the home.
Authorities negotiated with Perkins throughout the night, police said, adding Perkins displayed a firearm while making verbal threats towards officers and stated several times that he was heavily armed and "ready for a fight."
After several hours, officers fired tear gas into Perkins' home bringing the standoff to an end early April 23.
Police also fired non-lethal, sponge-like bags at Perkins, hitting him in the upper left leg, Chief Stuart Roberts said.
One bag ricocheted off Perkins' leg and hit the suspect in the scrotum. Perkins was transported to St. Anthony Hospital, where doctors gave him the option of removing one of his testicles.
Perkins took that option, Roberts said.