Standoff suspect charged with arson

Shawn Edward Mahan remains in the Multnomah County jail

Shawn Mahan, November 3, 2016 (KOIN)
Shawn Mahan, November 3, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The man who kept police at bay after barricading himself in a burning garage for about 3 hours has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson and assault.

Shawn Edward Mahan, who remains in the Multnomah County jail, appeared in court Wednesday. A trial date has not been set.

The investigation began when police learned a man walked into the emergency room at Portland Adventist Medical Center with a stab wound. The victim, a good friend of Mahan, told police the two were walking in nearby southeast Portland when Mahan attacked.

Mahan fled and was found hiding in a detached garage. During the standoff with police, Mahan started a fire. The fire continued to burn for about 3 hours before Mahan finally turned himself in and firefighters could not down the smoldering fire.