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These Oregon residents are illegally stopping drivers at gunpoint

Oregon residents are stopping drivers over property disputes during wildfire evacuations

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A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality.

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality.

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Residents in one Oregoncounty have decided to illegally stop unfamiliar drivers at gunpoint as an evacuation order demands people leave their homes as wildfires rage across the state.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said people in the county are stopping cars at an armed checkpoint in order to “protect property,” CNN reports.

  • “We have a group of different individuals that are actually trying to protect property. They actually have been armed and are stopping individuals within the commune out there,” Roberts said, according to Fox News. “First thing I’d ask them to do is please stop that. We have reached out to a number of them. If they see somebody suspicious, call us. Let us handle it. It is illegal to stop somebody at gunpoint.”

  • “Many of the people we have seen going into these areas are actually going in to get another load of their personal belongings,” Roberts said. “The last thing I want to see is something tragically happen because somebody is overreacting to something they believe is criminal and it’s not.”

Rogers said there has been a 400% increase in calls for suspicious people since the wildfires first started, according to CNN.

Rogers said anyone who see suspicious activity to call 911 and let law enforcement handle it, The Oregonianreports.