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Man Tazed, Arrested for New Years Assault

PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Crook County man was arrested late Friday, following a stand-off with police at his home on SE Southwood Drive. According to Sheriff John Gautney, a woman called police at about 3 p.m., to report she had been repeatedly assaulted by her husband, 50-year-old Todd Anthony Culver. The two had reportedly argued over an incident that occurred New Year's Eve. During the fight, Sheriff Gautney says Culver threw his wife to the floor, struck her numerous times and sexually and physically assaulted her.


The alleged attack took place over a two-hour period, during which time she says Culver threatened the victim with a shotgun and said he would shoot police when they arrived. She was later transported to the hospital with serious injuries.


First responders believed Culver had numerous weapons near the windows and was prepared to engage law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office called in the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Oregon State Police Tactical Unit to assist. When he finally came out of the house after 11:30 p.m., the Sheriff says he was uncooperative and unwilling to comply with commands. He was eventually tazed and later evaluated at the hospital before he was taken to jail.


Culver faces numerous charges, including Kidnap I, Domestic Assault IV, Strangulation, Attempted Rape I and Sex Abuse I. Bail is set at $425,000. 



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