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Man eludes cops, SWAT after hours-long standoff


A fleeing suspect caused portions of a Keizer neighborhood to be barricaded off for nearly eight hours and, when it was finally over, the man was nowhere to be found.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. an officer from the Keizer Police Department (KPD) observed Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr., a Keizer resident, operating a motor vehicle in northeast Keizer.

The officer knew Jose Gonzalez had a state-wide felony caution warrant for his arrest issued by Washington County.  The warrant is for failure to appear in court on two counts of theft in the First Degree.

The officer who was operating an unmarked police observed Gonzalez in front of his residence located at 1617 Kinglet Way NE and he attempted to approach and apprehend him, but the suspect quickly ran to a vehicle, a 2009 Toyota Camry, that was parked in the street and used it to flee from the officer.

The officer followed him and initiated a traffic stop, but Gonzalez failed to pull over, ignored the emergency lights and siren and attempted to elude the officer.

A very short pursuit ensued in the immediate neighborhood, which included attempting to elude the officer in a school zone. Gonzalez ultimately doubled-back through the neighborhood and parked the vehicle in the street directly in front of his residence.  The pursuit ended within a couple minutes of it being initiated. The man fled from the vehicle on foot and was believed to have run into the home.

Other Keizer patrol officers and members of the KPD Community Response Unit responded and quickly established a perimeter around the suspects residence.

A Keizer Police K-9 team was called to the scene and officers worked to develop and implement a plan to take Gonzalez into custody believing he had fled into his residence.

After several unsuccessful attempts to establish communication with the suspect and efforts to convince him to surrender peacefully were unsuccessful, the Keizer Police Department applied for and received a search warrant to search the residence for the suspect.  The Salem Police Department SWAT team was requested and responded to the scene to serve the search warrant and to apprehend the suspect.

Members of the SWAT Team searched the residence for the suspect, but he was not found. The SWAT team completed its search for the suspect and cleared the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning.

The Keizer Police Department believes the suspect poses a risk to the community based on his prior history and the fact he demonstrated his willingness to elude a police officer in a school zone putting others at risk.

Anyone having information about Gonzalez or his whereabouts are asked to call 9-1-1 or their local law enforcement agency.