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Murder suspect arrested at Tualatin McDonald's

TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) --- A 29-year-old man accused of murdering his mother -- a retired police officer -- in Crooked River Ranch was arrested in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Tualatin early Thursday.

Gavin Smith-Brown was spotted around 3 a.m. in a 2013 Subaru Outback. Authorities said he pulled into the parking lot of McDonald's on SW Boones Ferry Road and wouldn't get out of the car when police approached.

A standoff ensued and a SWAT unit arrived at the scene. He surrendered around 5:20 a.m.

When officers took him into custody, they spotted an object that looked suspicious. A bomb squad robot was brought in and, as a precaution, detonated what appeared to be trinkets wrapped in tin foil.

The Subaru he was driving was listed as stolen but belonged to his mother.

Smith-Brown was taken to the Tualatin Police Department and interviewed, Tualatin police told KOIN 6 News. He will be transferred to Jefferson County to face whatever charges are filed in the death of his mother, Gayla Smith.

Gayla Smith, 65, was a retired police officer in California, Oregon State Police Captain Tim Fox told KOIN 6 News. He said she worked for several agencies and retired from the Santa Ana Police Department.

More recently, she had a home inspection company in Central Oregon.

Fox did not disclose how she died. 

Any charges connected to Thursday's standoff in Tualatin would come at a later time, Capt. Fox said.

Police knew Smith-Brown had ties to both Portland and Las Vegas. Fox said he believes Smith-Brown had friends in the Portland area, not family.

'Amazed everything came out OK'

Residents who live nearby, including Ann Marie Ledesma, could hear the sirens in the early morning hours.

"We heard the sirens so we all kind of came outside and I'm on my phone looking for the breaking news," Ledesma said. "We didn't really see live action and I'm kind of glad because I wouldn't want to get caught up in the middle of that kind of stuff."

The incident was scary, she said, because "you never know. You can't trust people anymore. It's just really sad."

She was "amazed that everything turned out OK and that no one was hurt besides this poor woman that got killed by her crazy son."

She also said the nearby incident was "freaky."

"It's like 'Silence of the Lambs' right here in our backyard," she told KOIN 6 News.

Ledesma had nothing but praise for the officers at the scene.

"God bless the Tualatin Police Department and all their supporting agencies," she said. "I think the Tualatin Police Department, they do a great job."

Watch: Chopper 6 aerial footage of a robot and explosion at the suspect's car


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