A scary situation, safely resolved

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

There's much we don't yet know about what happened inside a south Baker City duplex last week.

What we do know, and are grateful for, is that nobody was hurt.

Considering the basic circumstances that police have confirmed, the situation might easily have turned out otherwise.

A man, whom police identified as Donald Huff, 42, refused to come out of the duplex when police asked him to.

Huff, who according to his brother who called 9-1-1 might have been

suicidal, allegedly had a gun. And Huff fired it at least once,

according to police.

This is, as most of us understand who follow the news, is the sort of

situation in which people - suspects, police, innocent bystanders -

often get hurt or killed.

About 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, after about 15 hours of negotiation which

failed to entice Huff to surrender, an Oregon State Police SWAT team

went into the duplex and arrested Huff without incident.

Because neither the police nor the Baker County District Attorney's

office has released many details about the standoff - and in particular

regarding the tactics that police tried, and how Huff responded to

those tactics - we can't judge their response with any specificity.

Nonetheless, we doubt it was purely by accident that this inherently dangerous confrontation ended peacefully.

We're eager to learn the complete story about last week's standoff.

In the meantime, we're pleased that we didn't have to report the names of any victims.

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