SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) — The Linn County, Ore., sheriff’s office says a transient accused of threatening another man who warned him not to poach deer later rammed his pickup truck into multiple patrol cars when officers showed up.

Undersheriff Bruce Riley tallied the Wednesday night destruction at three patrol cars and one civilian car destroyed, a fourth patrol car damaged and minor injuries to several officers.

Riley says it all started when a 911 caller reported that he had warned a man shining a spotlight on deer that he shouldn’t shoot the animals. The man reportedly asked if he should shoot his critic instead.

Sheriff’s deputies and Sweet Home police eventually arrested 34-year-old Joseph Arthur Williams for investigation of assaulting three officers, attempting to elude, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

Sweet Home is north of Eugene in the Willamette Valley.

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