Lane Co. Sheriff's Office

On November 22, 2020 shortly after 11:00 p.m., the Lane County Sheriff's Office received a report of an assault at a home at the 22000 block of Fisk Rd. in Noti. The victim (a 73 year old male) was reportedly assaulted by a family member, 44 year old Shawn Stilwell of Noti, and suffered significant facial injuries. The victim was able to get out of the house but the victim's wife, who is on hospice, was reportedly still in the home with Shawn.  

Information obtained during the investigation indicated that Shawn was agitated, possibly intoxicated, and had access to weapons.  Upon arrival, deputies found Shawn’s vehicle parked about halfway up the long driveway to the home, blocking other vehicles from passing.  Deputies attempted to loud hail from their patrol vehicles from behind Shawn’s vehicle but did not get any response from him or the victim's wife.

Due to the unusual way the suspect blocked the driveway, the severity of injuries inflicted upon the victim, and information that Shawn had access to multiple weapons, an armored rescue vehicle was called out to the scene.  Deputies were able to use the armored rescue vehicle move Shawn’s car in order to get access to the home, which was in a remote, wooded area.  Once deputies were able to get closer to the home they used a PA system again to loud hail into the residence in attempt to get Shawn to come out. Because of the armored rescue vehicle, deputies were able to get close enough to see the victim's wife who appeared to be uninjured. Deputies were also able to see Shawn pacing in the home as they continued to talk with him to try to get him to come out voluntarily.  

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on November 23, 2020, Shawn came to the front porch of the residence with his hands up and was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail on Assault in the second degree, Menacing, and Strangulation.

The victim was not transported to the hospital.  The victim's wife was evaluated and thankfully determined to be uninjured.