Christopher Lee Gardner

Christopher Lee Gardner

A 32-year-old man described by the U.S. Army as an “armed and dangerous” military deserter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was taken into custody Thursday, Jan. 9, in Lincoln County Oregon.

According to a press release, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a welfare check on a suspicious person at the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center at about 8:24 a.m.

The caller reported the subject’s name as Chris Gardner.

Earlier in the shift, deputies were made aware of a statewide bulletin regarding a 32-year-old military deserter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord named Christopher Lee Gardner. Gardner was considered armed and dangerous by the US.. Army. The description and details surrounding Gardner’s suspicious activity provided by the caller matched the information provided in the U.S. Army bulletin.

Members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by two Oregon State Police troopers, closed off access to the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center and evacuated the area. Deputies observed Gardner and confirmed he was the subject of the bulletin. Deputies and troopers formed an arrest team and were able to successfully take Gardner into custody without incident. After a brief medical evaluation, Gardner was taken to the Lincoln County Jail on a federal detainer.

Gardner’s vehicle was located by the Oregon State Police at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint in northern Lane County. A firearm was recovered from inside the vehicle. Gardner has not been charged with any local crimes.

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