REEDSPORT — The suspect in today's motel standoff is dead, police said.
Officers on scene confirmed Bennie Shawn Lee Pishione died of a self- inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Around 5:30 p.m., a SWAT team entered the motel room where Pishione had been holed up all day by breaking through the back window and found Pishione dead on the bathroom floor.
Around 2 p.m., officers tried to enter Pishione's room at Fir Grove Motel. They said Pishione fired a shot at them. They heard a second shot while in a tactical retreat.
Pishione was wanted on a kidnapping charge after police say he forced his estranged girlfriend into his car in Coos Bay on Tuesday while brandishing a brick.
When police located Pishione at the motel this morning, he was alone. He tried to escape out the back window, then shut himself in the room, police said. One witness reported that someone delivered a package to Pishione and drove off.
After reaching him on the phone this afternoon, Pishione asked to speak with his estranged girlfriend. The woman called and spoke to Pishione, pleading with him to leave the room, police on scene said. Pishione refused.
Police had not been able to reach Pishione on the phone since he fired the two shots.
Pishione has been in the Coos County jail three times in the past few years, according to a sheriff’s deputy at the jail. Two of the three times were on charges of violating restraining orders placed by an ex-girlfriend.