Police: Shooter found dead after standoff in Washington Co.

HILLSBORO, Oreg. (KOIN) — Police confirmed late Wednesday that the man who created a standoff with police after allegedly shooting a family member at a Washington County home is dead.

Brian Olson, pictured here in a mugshot from 2003, was found dead inside a Washington County home after he barricaded himself inside and created standoff with police, March 26, 2014. (Washington County Circuit Court)
Brian Olson, pictured here in a mugshot from 2003, was found dead inside a Washington County home after he barricaded himself inside and created standoff with police, March 26, 2014. (Washington County Circuit Court)

Bob Ray of the Washington County Sherif’s office said the incident began around 11 a.m. after a disturbance led Brian Olson, 30, to shoot his girlfriend’s son, James Crandall, 24, in the abdomen area with a high-powered rifle.

Sgt. Bob Ray said Pamela Crandall, 49, was trying to get her son, James, out of the house and into a car when Olson shot him.

Crandall was rushed to a Portland hospital and is expected to recover, according to Sgt. Bob Ray.

Many police agencies responded to the scene on Dairy Creek Road near Mountain Dale Road. A SWAT unit set up a perimeter around the house, but it was unclear then whether the gunman was inside the house.

Around 2:30 p.m., authorities used tear gas on the house after the suspect did not respond to any of their commands. The house caught on fire, but officials are not sure at this time if the tear gas caused the fire or if the suspect started it intentionally.

Firefighters kept their distance while the fire raged, and only began investigating inside the house after the fire was put out about an hour after it began.

The house is a total loss.

The medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death for Olson.

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