Armed man arrested at Beverly Beach

A man was jailed for trespass with multiple firearms after an alarming incident last Friday at Beverly Beach State Park.

State Park rangers encountered a 35-year-old male at a “hiker/biker” space at the park around 2 p.m.

When advised he could not park his vehicle in that area, the suspect, Matthew James Manser, 35, of Springfield, became aggressive with the rangers, according to a police narrative of the incident released yesterday evening. They broke contact and made contact the following morning at approximately 8 a.m. Manser was confrontational with rangers again and was told he needed to leave the park. He allegedly yelled profanities at the rangers and told them they could not make him leave.

Manser returned to his vehicle and took out three firearms, a Springfield XD-9 handgun, a Winchester 1300 12 Gauge shotgun, and an AR-15 style rifle and took off down a walking trail near his vehicle. He also approached the ranger registration booth while carrying the weapons. A ranger called 911 and reported the event to police. OSP was notified along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

When LCSO Deputies arrived at the scene Manser began walking down the road toward the registration booth, while holding the rifle in a tactical “patrol” manner. Law enforcement staged between the subject’s vehicle and the main park entrance, and the park was being evacuated by the ranger staff. At approximately 9:36 a.m., Manser began walking toward the intersection. He had a 12-gauge shotgun slung on a bungie cord sling over his shoulder. He also had the Springfield XD-9 in a holster on the front of his belt. Manser had also put on electronic hearing protection earmuffs, commonly used by police, military, and recreational shooters while shooting. He walked toward police and was confronted and challenged as he neared officers. Manser was initially argumentative but did eventually follow the verbal commands during a high-risk arrest. The subject’s weapons were removed and he was taken into custody without further incident.

An AR-15 style rifle was recovered from the suspect's vehicle. Manser's dog was picked up by the Lincoln County Animal Services Deputy and his vehicle was towed incident to arrest by Coast Towing of Newport.

No one was injured during the incident. Manser was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for second-degree trespass and trespassing with a firearm.

— Oregon State Police


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