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Standoff ends without shots

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After a three-hour standoff, 24-year-old Joshua Michael Lemaster, of California, was arrested late Monday afternoon at his current residence, 260 House Road in Sequim.

Earlier in the day, Lemaster, aka Tyler Michael Williams, allegedly was involved in an argument with a neighbor.

Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies developed probable cause for Lemaster’s committing assault in the fourth degree.

Neighbors said tensions recently had risen between Lemaster and nearby residents.

At 3 p.m., authorities were called to the neighborhood because Lemaster allegedly was seen with a gun and threatened to shoot the neighbors.

Plans were developed to contact Lemaster from outside the house while the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau applied for a warrant to go into Lemaster’s residence and arrest him. 

Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Tom Reyes, a crisis negotiator, used a bullhorn to call Lemaster out.

When calls went unanswered, a team of deputies entered the home and took Lemaster into custody without incident.

Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron for Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said no shots were fired and Lemaster was the only one home.

Deputies searched the house and found a .22 caliber rifle and a pellet rifle.

Lemaster was booked into the Clallam County Correctional Facility on charges of assault in the first degree and felon in possession of a firearm.

Reports will be forwarded to the Clallam County prosecutor’s office for charges.

Cameron said Lemaster has a criminal record in California but he was unsure how extensive it might be.

Officers from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, the Sequim and Port Angeles police departments, Border Patrol and Lower Elwha Tribal Police responded to the incident.

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