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Molalla man dead after standoff with SWAT

A Molalla man is dead following a standoff with a Clackamas County SWAT team early Monday morning at a house at 30250 Highway 213.

An investigation by the sheriff’s office has been underway to determine if Shane Griffin, 36, a resident of the house had killed himself or was shot by police.

The incident started when Clackamas County deputies were called to the house at about 10 p.m., responding to a 911 call of domestic violence. The caller reported physical abuse and the threatened use of firearms. Griffin’s wife fled the scene with the couple’s children and met with deputies outside.

A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said deputies spent hours negotiating with Shane Griffin making contact multiple times over the phone and by text messages, but that Griffin did not want to cooperate with negotiators. Deputies meanwhile interviewed the victim and determined several domestic violence crimes had occurred including a felony assault, he said.

At that point, deputies called in the SWAT team to help apprehend Griffin.

According to the sheriff’s office, SWAT members made contact with Griffin just before 2 a.m. and shots were fired moments after they arrived. Medical personnel, who were with the SWAT Team, immediately rendered care to the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Additional details are not available at this time, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation. Highway 213 remained closed until 8:30 a.m. Monday from South Vick Road north to South Barnards Road.