Menacing with a firearm north of Florence

Incident Saturday morning near Sutton Lake

April 3, 2023 — On Saturday, April 1, at about 7:48 a.m., the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reports of shots fired at a residence in the 8900 block of Rustic Ln, a rural area north of Florence.  A call taker could hear gunshots being fired in the background as the 911 call was received. 

The person calling 911 reported that an intoxicated male, later identified as 64-year-old David Paul Williams, was shooting a gun inside of the house.  He had also pointed the gun at the caller multiple times.  The caller was able to flee from the residence and seek refuge at a neighbor’s house.

Deputies were able to surround the involved location and observe from a distance that Williams was still inside.  They contacted him by telephone at which time he surrendered to them without further incident. 

He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Reckless Endangering.   

“We would like to thank the Oregon State Police and Florence Police Department for their assistance with this investigation,” said the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in a news release.