A lot can happen before police officers arrive at a call. In the case of one Oregon apartment complex, neighbors stepped in and subdued the suspect, hogtying him prior to officer arrival.
Not so Friendly Neighborhood Argument
Around 1:15 a.m. Luke Stolarzyk was yelling at another resident in the Stephens Creek Crossing apartments. Kenneth Nelson’s dog has escaped from his apartment again, making Stolarzyk upset.
The argument was so loud that John Dickson, a friend of Nelson’s, heard them. Officers pointed out that Stolarzyk was clearly intoxicated.
Dickson went out to stop the argument between the two men. He got Nelson and his sister back into their apartment.
After Dickson got the Nelson’s into their home, Stolarzyk got into his face. According to police, he tried to hit Dickson in the face with his gun. The fight fizzled, and the men went back to their homes.
However, Stolarzyk did not stay at his home for long. He went to Nelson’s home carrying an AR-15. According to authorities, he began to fire in the direction of Nelson.
He shot many different apartments and some vehicles with the bullets. Officers say he discharged about 29 rounds.
Resident Misty Garret told Pamplin Media Group, “It’s scary because there’s so many kids who live in this complex, and they literally shot into rooms.”
Stopping the Shooter
While Nelson attempted to get away, Dickson took it upon himself to get the jump on Stolarzyk. He crept up behind him and hit him with a stick.
Dickson tried to get the AR away from Stolarzyk, using his knee to get it out of his hands. According to officers, Dickson hit Stolarzyk in the face with the gun until he passed out.
Dickson received help from bystanders who assisted in taking apart the gun and hogtying Stolarzyk. When officers arrived, they took custody of Stolarzyk.
According to the Post Millenial, when officers got to the scene, they saw “several people standing around the defendant, who was hogtied and had been beaten up.”
Stolarzyk was taken to the hospital via ambulance. As he was being prepped to leave he yelled, “You’re lucky I didn’t kill you!” He remains in police custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center with bail set at $320,000.