TACOMA Wash. (KPTV) – A 42-year-old man from Port Angeles, Washington was sentenced on Friday to three years probation for damaging a national park radio repeater during an armed confrontation in Olympic National Park, U.S. Attorney Nick said. Brown .
Court records indicate that just after midnight on August 29, 2021, Caleb Jesse Chapman showed up at a stranger’s house on meth and armed with an AR-15 style handgun and rifle.
He delivered a letter abroad listing his concerns about political events, the difficulty of obtaining ammunition, and his belief that a revolution was beginning on the Olympic Peninsula, in Texas, and elsewhere.
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Next, Chapman drove his girlfriend to Deer Park Campground in Olympic National Park. He started a fire and felled a tree to block the road.
He told his girlfriend that she was going to die in the “revolution”.
She called 911 and Chapman threw a can of soup at her, severing her leg. Then he stormed into the woods, armed with nine firearms, including a stolen handgun, an AR-15, two shotguns and more than 3,500 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents.
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Police evacuated campgrounds and trailheads in Deer Park, then attempted to locate Chapman.
At around 3 p.m. on August 29, Chapman disabled the Olympic National Park radio repeater atop Blue Mountain.
This repeater is used by the park for emergency response, public safety and to communicate with the Mount Rainier-based search and rescue helicopter, according to public officials.
On August 31, a drone found Chapman and he fired at it with a short-barreled shotgun.
Eventually, the police were able to negotiate Chapman’s surrender without hurting anyone.
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Friday in Tacoma in U.S. District Court for sentencing, after spending 80 days in federal custody. Judge Robert J. Bryan noted that Chapman could face additional jail time if he violates the terms of his probation.
One of the conditions is that Chapman will compensate people and organizations in the park who suffered financial losses because of the park’s closure. Officials said those affected by this event should contact the National Park Service at Olympic National Park with their information.
“Mr. Chapman’s conduct put many people at risk and instilled fear in the community. When he disabled the communications system for the eastern part of the park, he disrupted the ability of park staff to call for help while operating chainsaws to clear trails, hiking off-trail to watch for endangered animals, or monitoring hikers in rough terrain,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said. He has spent time since his arrest working to get off drugs. We wish him success in this effort.
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