The state police SWAT team was called in to arrest a suspect in a sexual assault case in Brookings after he barricaded himself in the back room of a house along U.S. Highway 101, claiming he had a gun and a hostage.
Curry County Sheriff John Bishop says when officers stormed the house before dawn Sunday, they found 42-year-old Lorenzo Ignacio King had stabbed himself in the thighs in an attempt to bleed to death.
Police found a handgun, but no hostage. A Coast Guard helicopter flew King to the hospital in Coos Bay. Following treatment, he was taken to jail.
Bishop says King is from Arroyo Grande, California, but had been working as a camp cook in Alaska.
According to court records, he was held on $1 million bail after arraignment Monday on assault and sodomy charges.
Court-appointed defense attorney Jim Gardner did not immediately return a call for comment.