By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A man struck by a vehicle on River Road North Thursday, Jan.4, walked back to his apartment and allegedly took his own life fearing a return to prison.
The incident led to police closing off portions of Sandy Drive and River Road North for more than three hours while trying to coax the man out of his apartment.
The incident began about 8 p.m. Keizer police responded to the scene of a vehicle-on-pedestrian collision in the 5100 block of River Road North near Carl’s Jr. Callers reported a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian who then walked to an apartment at 105 Sandy Drive N.
The pedestrian, Calvin Lloyd Macy, 65, was wanted two state-wide felony warrants, one for public indecency issued in October 2017 and another for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Macy had a criminal history in Oregon that included 15 prior arrests dating as far back as 1969 to his most recent arrest in July 2017. Convictions for murder, carrying a prohibited weapon and being a felon in possession of a weapon were the most severe.
When officers approached the apartment a tenant exited and told the officers Calvin Lloyd Macy was seated on a bed and he had a handgun in his possession. The tenant also told Macy said he was “not going back to prison” and refused to exit the apartment to speak with police.
“The tenant said Mr. Macy was acting ‘irrational’ and talking about going back to prison. The tenant reported that Mr. Macy retreated to a bedroom [while police had the apartment surrounded] holding a handgun,” said Det. Chris Nelson of the Keizer Police Department.
Nelson said the tenant who spoke with police encouraged Macy to seek medical attention for gash he received as a result of being hit by the vehicle.
Macy barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to come out. KPD established a perimeter around the apartment with the assistance of the Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and attempted to establish communication with Macy while applying for a search warrant.
The Salem Police Department SWAT & Negotiations Team continued to try to contact Macy using a loudspeaker and inviting him to call 9-1-1. About 11:30 p.m. an offer was made to deliver a phone inside the apartment. At 1 a.m. a robot was deployed to deliver a phone.
Shortly thereafter police executed a search warrant and found Macy unresponsive of a apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was found in the apartment.
The Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Police identified Macy the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 5.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Macy remained on the scene and cooperated with the police investigation.