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Salem Man Arrested After Seven Hours of Negotiations

The suspect was bitten on the leg by a police dog and he was treated at Salem Hospital for the injury.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem police officers responded to an incident at 12th and McGilchrist SE last night at 5:06 p.m., where one man had reportedly threatened another with a gun.

Lt. Dave Okada with Salem Police says the man with the gun is identified as 53-year old Ronald L. Cochran of Salem.

"The victim reported that Mr. Cochran was apparently upset with the relationship between the victim and Cochran's ex-wife," Okada said.

Salem Police later learned that Cochran visited his ex-wife's home in the 3300 block of Hulsey Ave SE.

"Due to the nature of the threats and the concern for the safety of his ex-wife, police went to her home. Cochran was there but refused to communicate with police and wouldn't allow us to talk with his ex- wife."

Okada says the Salem Police SWAT Team and Negotiators were called to assist. When officers did make contact with Cochran, they learned that his ex-wife was in the residence.

After several hours of on and off communications with Cochran and his continued refusal to come out, police used chemical agents to bring the man out.

Okada says it came to an end at 12:17 a.m. when Cochran came out of the house and was taken into custody.

Cochran was bitten on the leg by a police dog and he was treated at Salem Hospital for the injury.

Cochran's ex-wife also came out of the house and Okada says she was not injured during the incident.

Ronald L. Cochran was charged with Menacing, Coercion, Interfering with Police, Resisting Arrest.

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neighbor 2 July 9, 2009 7:13 am (Pacific time)

Yes, there were four or five shots fired and the police could not tell the man at first why he was being arrested. They were over zealous about this event. Their version of events does not match what actually transpired.

neighbor July 8, 2009 1:25 pm (Pacific time)

There were also a number of shots fired in this incident, which I could hear from my house.

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