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Man jailed for threatening police, former sheriff

An Eagle Point man who allegedly barricaded himself in his home Friday evening and threatened to kill both himself and responding law enforcement by blowing up gas tanks is in the Jackson County Jail.

Brian Lynn Compton, 51, faces misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, stalking and violation of a stalking order, according to Eagle Point police, and more charges may be added. Compton remains lodged on $550,000 bail.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office negotiators spoke with Compton for nearly four hours before he eventually exited his home at 10:10 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Officers found no evidence of gas or explosives in Compton’s home, Eagle Point police chief Darin May said.

A SWAT team, Jackson County Fire District 3 and Ashland and Medford police also responded.

The officers initially responded to a call around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, according to a news release. Compton had barricaded himself in his home, located in the 700 block of Sarah Park Circle, and was threatening to blow himself and responding law enforcement up.

May said a concerned family member had called about threats Compton made on social media. Compton stated he had four to six acetylene gas bottles and was threatening to detonate them, according to court records.

Nearby residents were notified through a reverse 911 call, May said, and were transported to a hastily established shelter at a school campus.

Eagle Point police said Compton was “extremely agitated, and it was suspected that he was under the influence of an unknown substance.”

May said that negotiators mostly talked with Compton on the phone while he was barricaded inside his house.

“He hung up on them a couple of times and then he would answer when they called back, or he called them back,” May said. “It went back and forth like that for a while.”

“Nothing whatsoever,” he said. “Except that it could use some housekeeping.”

Compton was charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Judge David Hoppe originally set his bail at $500,000. Compton was later charged with violation of a stalking protective order for threatening to kill former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, in a voicemail he reportedly left while negotiators were outside his home Friday evening. Court records show that Winters reported another threatening call Compton allegedly made June 5.

Winters has had a protective order against Compton since May 16, 2018, according to court records.

An officer involved in negotiations with Compton Friday night wrote that he heard Compton mention the protective order.

“I believe he knows it to be in effect,” the officer wrote.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Compton refused to provide a statement about the stalking order after his arrest.

His bail in that case was set at $50,000, bringing his total bail to $550,000.

May said that an investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be added. Eagle Point police had a previous threatening encounter with Compton prior to the barricading incident, he said. In that case, Compton had approached officers in the Eagle Point police department parking lot, May said, and told them that he planned to attempt “suicide by cop.”

Officers transported Compton to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for an evaluation, but he was not charged with anything in that incident.

May called the outcome of Friday’s negotiations “exactly what we wanted,” with no injuries or damage to property.

“We knew time was on our side and we were just going to wait him out,” May said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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