Man Arrested by SWAT Officers After Assault and Barricade


In the early morning hours of March 12, Klamath Falls Police Officers responded to a call of a domestic violence assault in the 800 block of Mt. Whitney Street. A 43-year-old female victim and co-habitant of Michael Donnel Wilson, 32, made a call to Klamath County 9-1-1. She was found to be severely beaten and displayed facial injuries and was strangled during the assault.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Canter.

Responding officers established probable cause to arrest Wilson. Wilson then physically barricaded himself inside the residence.

Klamath Falls Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics operators were called to the residence per established procedure for this type of incident.

Once deployed, SWAT operators, with the assistance of Klamath Falls Police Department patrol personnel and Oregon State Police Troopers, were able to apprehend Mr. Wilson without incident. 

Wilson was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on charges of Assault II and Strangulation. 

The Klamath Falls Police department extends its gratitude to the neighboring residents in the immediate area of the operation for their cooperation and police assistance. 

In addition, the KFPD urges anyone who is a victim, or knows a victim of domestic violence to please report the matter to their local police department or seek other assistance to remove themselves or protect themselves from future abuse.