A Gold Hill man allegedly armed himself with a rifle Monday morning during a breakup with his girlfriend, which prompted her to hide in another room and call police.
Jackson County sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police responded and shut down Second Avenue in Gold Hill for about 15 minutes until the woman could escape safely and the man was taken into custody.
Timothy William Knutsen, 50, of the 800 block of North Second Avenue in Gold Hill, was being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of menacing and harassment. His bail was set at $7,000.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported Knutsen and the woman, who was not identified, had been living together.
"I don't know the specifics of why he felt compelled to arm himself," said Jenny Hall, sheriff's department spokeswoman.
After the woman called police, about 10 units from the sheriff's office and OSP responded. Deputies called the woman and advised her about how to leave the house, police said.
"It was a very visible call," Hall said.
Knutsen came out of the house after communicating briefly with police. He was arrested without incident and taken to the jail.