PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A standoff that lasted hours in Aloha ended Sunday evening when the SWAT team used a breaching device to get into an apartment — which turned out to be empty.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office believed a potentially armed suspect was inside the apartment near SW 178th and Shaw near TV Highway.
The incident started Sunday afternoon when 21-year-old Miguel Almarez Estrada allegedly shot at an unoccupied SUV. Deputies wanted to talk to him but said he went inside an apartment and refused to come out.
The area was evacuated and locked down for several hours while SWAT and crisis negotiators tried to communicate with Estrada.
“You can walk up your stairs and there are people with guns pointed at you so it’s a little bit scary,” neighbor Shawna Hougardy said.
They hoped Estrada would surrender peacefully. After several hours, they used a breaching device to get inside.
“After the flash-bang, they went with a crowbar to pry it open,” Marcos Monsivais said.
Estrada was not there.
“There was a small window of time between when the call came in and when the first deputies (arrived), when the family saw him come back home and they left the apartment to get away from him,” Det. Mark Povolny said.
The lockdown was lifted after deputies determined there was no threat.
“It was just a waste of time, we were trying to go out and have a good time with our family for Cinco De Mayo and they wouldn’t let us leave,” Monsivais said. “I’m just glad that nobody got hurt officers or the guy.”
Deputies said there was another shooting at the apartment complex last year and investigators would like to speak to Estrada about that too.
Estrada turned himself in on Monday night.