On Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at approximately 7:50am, Tillamook Police Chief T. Wright was on 3rd St and observed the gate to Tillamook Mini Storage, 3316 3rd St, open. Upon further investigation Chief Wright located an adult male, later identified as Jonathan Messare, in one of the open units. The subject was building a barricaded area with metal and other items to protect himself. The male was making statements indicating paranoia and fear from law enforcement and others and he refused to come out.
The male had at least one knife and openly waive around a hatchet. The subject continued to fortify his position and make comments which would cause concern for others. The subject stated he had prior Special Forces military experience and was wearing a combat helmet at the time. During this incident 3rd St in this immediate area was closed to traffic for safety purposes and residents in and around that area were told to shelter in place or leave the area.
At approx. 9:32am, after negotiations with Law Enforcement, the subject exited the unit and was taken into custody then transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center where Tillamook Family Counseling Center assisted in his evaluation. The case will be referred to the DA’s Office. The Tillamook Police Department was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance and Tillamook Public Works.
The Police Chief would like to thank the community for their patience as we had to close 3rd Street for a period of time. In cases like this it is best to take as much time as possible so that no one is injured and a peaceful resolution occurs for everyone.