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October 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Suspect arrested after manhunt shut down small Oregon town

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m. |

The Associated Press

SENECA, Ore.  — An eastern Oregon sheriff says his officers have arrested a man who had been the subject of a manhunt that disrupted the tiny town of Seneca.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed Wednesday evening that the man had been taken into custody. The sheriff said the 41-year-old would be booked into the county jail for investigation of offenses including menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Highway 395 was closed on both sides of the town of 200 people, and the post office and school were closed while officers searched for the man. Area roads were reopened Wednesday afternoon.

ORIGINAL POST | 

The Associated Press

SENECA, Ore. — The little Eastern Oregon town of Seneca is shut down and cut off from the outside world as police search for a gunman.

State police said no one was hurt by shots fired early Wednesday in the town of about 200 people along Highway 395 between John Day and Burns.

The state police SWAT team has been called in.

Someone called authorities after hearing shots. Officers heard more shots when they got there.

The gunman is described as a tall, thin bald man with a heavy goatee, armed with an unknown type of firearm.

At the Bear Valley Store, clerk Pamela Franci says the school and post office are closed, and traffic is blocked on both ends of town.

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