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Victim in standoff with suspect: 'He was trying to bite, scream and gouge'

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FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

An eight-hour standoff ended peacefully in Forest Grove early Thursday morning.

It was around 1 a.m. that police took Gregory Glanville, 56, into custody after he barricaded himself inside a Forest Grove business.

The whole thing happened at K and S Wholesale Inc, on Pacific Avenue around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Owner Scott Page protected his family from a man with a gun, who we learned was once convicted of murder in Washington state.

The bumps and bruises on Page's legs and face are still visible.

"He was trying to bite, scream, and gouge out my eyes. I got rug burns on my knees and he put up a fight. He's a big guy," said Page.

On Wednesday afternoon Page ended up in a wrestling match with Glanville after he showed up trying to rob the business.

"The bullets were fired in the direction of all three of us. So you're fearful the whole time but your mind's working at a pretty rapid pace to figure out how do you get yourself out of this situation," added Page.

Forest Grove police and the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team surrounded the business.

Page says the whole thing started when he was in the office with his wife and their 8-month-old son and they noticed a shadow go by.

A few seconds later, Page says he had a gun pointed right at him.

"It was right at our faces and he said 'Give me the money.' My first reaction was is this a joke, because he was dressed up like a ninja, all wrapped up in black and you couldn't see anything," said Page.

Page says he gave the man the money in his wallet and tried to get him to leave but the gunman, now identified as Glanville, wouldn't budge, insisting there was a safe in the store.

Page knew he needed to think fast because he felt things would end badly if he didn't do something.

He said he noticed the gunman was nervous and kept looking away, so in a split second he made his move.

"He turned his head and I tackled him. We went down and my wife and my son got out. We wrestled around on the floor but he had control of the gun for most of the time on the way down. Eventually he heard the sirens when I had him pinned down and he said 'This is when everybody dies' and I said 'not today.' I just took all my energy towards the gun itself," said Page.

Page was able to get control of the gun and held Glanville at gunpoint as police surrounded the building.

There was another scuffle, but with the gun in hand Page made his way outside and was safe.

Glanville remained inside and refused to come out for eight hours.

It wasn't until 1 a.m. that police made their move and took Glanville, peacefully, into custody.

No one was seriously hurt in the scuffle or standoff.

Page says he recognized Glanville as a former customer.

Meanwhile, Page says he can't go back into his business for at least three days because the chemical smell is so strong and he needs a professional company to clean it out.

Fox 12 has learned that Glanville was convicted of second-degree murder in Thurston County, WA back in 1978 and served about 10 years before getting out on parole.

He's expected to be in court on Friday, arraigned on new charges.

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