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Police: Lincoln City standoff involved wanted armed robbers from Montana

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Photo: The News Guard Photo: The News Guard
Photo: The News Guard Photo: The News Guard
Dale Wallace, Sarah Johnson Dale Wallace, Sarah Johnson
LINCOLN CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A police standoff involving wanted armed robbery suspects from Montana lasted for hours in Lincoln City Friday and ended when a woman took her own life.

Police said it all began just before 4 p.m. Friday when Lincoln City officers received a tip from the FBI about the suspects being in the area.

Police identified the suspects as Dale Wallace and Sarah Jo Johnson, who are wanted for robbing a coin and collectibles shop in Butte, MT. A cell phone ping led investigators to their location in Lincoln City.

Surveillance of their motel began around 1 p.m. Friday. While officers waited for a search warrant, the suspects left the motel, according to police.

Officers followed the pair in undercover vehicles. However, investigators said the suspects realized they were being followed, leading to a high-risk traffic stop.

Police said Wallace got out of the car and started running, with his gun pointed at the officers.

One of the officers intentionally hit the suspect with his car in self-defense, according to police at the scene.

Wallace was taken to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland on Life Flight with injuries described as serious.

Johnson remained in the car for hours in a standoff with police. Officers said they had been negotiating with the woman, but she eventually shot and killed herself.

The standoff unfolded between the Lincoln City Community Center and the Elks Lodge near Highway 101 and Northeast 22nd Avenue.

The News Guard newspaper provided the first photos of the standoff to Fox 12.

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