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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday March 17, 2010 - 11:31 AM
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OREGON CITY, Oregon - A judge sentenced a former Clackamas County deputy to seven years in prison for assault and other crimes that left his former wife convinced he would kill her. Brandon Scott Claggett pleaded guilty earlier this year to coercion with a firearm, unlawful use of weapons and fourth-degree assault.

On April 20, Claggett barricaded himself inside his home in Oregon City causing a standoff with sherriff deputies after his wife called police. Claggett was arrested and police found several guns in his house. Claggett was a fourteen year veteran with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office but resigned in October 2008 after being accused of touching a 20-year-old woman who was riding along with him in his patrol car. An internal investigation was suspended when Claggett resigned.

Claggett was arrested again in July for taking a gun and a knife to a Sandy residence where he believed his wife was staying. He was held in the Clackamas County Jail on $100,000 bail. In April, he was charged with coercion, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and fourth-degree assault.

Officers said they convinced Claggett to meet them at the Haggen's grocery store, where he was arrested without incident. Neighbors described the situation as hectic during the brief standoff. "There was cops up and down the road and like 30 minutes later there was ten more cop cars. We saw them running back and forth between the street and Haggens," neighbor Nicole Beach said. "They had every street blocked in the neighborhood. My mom could not even come up. They made her turn around and leave." Police returned to his house Tuesday with search warrants and reported recovering evidence along with several guns and one from his truck.