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Standoff ends with Obrien man facing multiple charges

A Josephine County man wanted on drug and firearm charges faces even more charges after shooting at police officers Friday morning during a brief standoff at a home in the Illinois Valley.

Gerald Bart Batty, 39, of Obrien, was wanted on outstanding federal warrants relating to drug and weapons charges.

Rogue Area Drug Enforcement and Oregon State Police SWAT officers went to Batty's residence in the 1800 block of Lone Mountain Road at about 5 a.m. Friday to execute a search warrant and arrest Batty on the outstanding warrants.

SWAT members told Batty to exit the residence. Batty emerged from the residence armed with an assault rifle, then immediately retreated and locked himself inside.

Batty refused to comply with a subsequent order to surrender. When SWAT officers released chemical munitions into the residence to drive the suspect out, Batty shot his rifle in the direction of the officers.

SWAT officers continued to negotiate with Batty, and at 5:30 a.m. he exited the residence with a firearm visible in his back pocket.

SWAT officers shot him with a Taser and took him into custody without injury to anyone.

The OSP crime lab combed the home on the search warrant and found a large sum of cash, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug packaging and distributing materials and two firearms, including an assault rifle.

Batty was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrants and additional charges of attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a firearm, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, interfering with a police animal, and unlawful possession, distribution and manufacturing of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Additional charges are pending, according to OSP.

A second resident, David L. Taylor, 43, was cited and released after being charged with failure to appear on a driving under the influence charge, unlawful possession of a short-barrel shotgun and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.