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Story by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday March 26, 2011 - 1:32 AM
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A standoff with the Oregon State Police SWAT team in Baker City ended a 15-hour encounter Wednesday morning when a suspect was arrested and placed into the Baker County Jail today.

42-year-old Donald Huff was first taken to St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City and treated before being jailed.

Huff is being held on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another person and pointing a firearm at another person. Police say Huff fired a gun Tuesday during the standoff.

Huff was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 1 p.m. today in Baker County Circuit Court.

Baker County Circuit Court Judge Gregory L. Baxter authorized the warrant for HUFF's arrest on March 22. Bail was set at $25,000.

The incident began March 22, 2011 at approximately 3:52 p.m. when Michael Blount contacted 9-1-1 to report his brother, DONALD HUFF, was having potential suicidal issues. Officers from Baker City Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Baker County Sheriff's Office responded to HUFF's resdience at 695 4th Street in Baker City. HUFF barricaded himself in his residence and refused to comply with officers' requests. Local law enforcement officers requested the assistance of outside agencies for tactical support. Agencies responding included Union County Tactical Team (composed of members from La Grande Police Department and Union County Sheriff's Office), the Malheur County tactical team (with an armed vehicle), Oregon State Police regional troopers and command staff, and Oregon State Police SWAT team members (from as far away as Springfield). The Baker County Consolidated Dispatch provided mobile services.