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Man Shot After Taking Five FBI Agents Hostage

May 16, 1987 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A man who was shot and killed while holding five FBI agents at gunpoint in the FBI’s headquarters in downtown Portland had been upset over a medical problem, his mother said.

″The doctor said he couldn’t do anything for him,″ Evelyn Peregoy said, but would not elaborate.

Stanley William Peregoy, 41, took one agent hostage at gunpoint at the entrance to the headquarters about 9:50 a.m. Friday, then held hostage four other agents inside the office, the FBI said.

Charles Mathews, assistant special agent in charge of the Portland FBI office, said Peregoy was shot by two other agents when the gunman ″displayed immediate life-threatening actions directed at a specific agent.″

He would not elaborate.

The two agents who burst into the room where the others were being held each fired one shot at Peregoy from about 15 feet, one with a shotgun and one with a handgun, Mathews said.

Peregoy fired no shots during the 45-minute standoff, Mathews said, and the agents involved, all men, were uninjured. Mathews declined to identify them.

A note found on Peregoy’s body ″to a certain degree explains his actions here,″ Mathews said. Neither Mathews nor Portland police would reveal the contents.

A search of Peregoy’s body turned up a loaded ammunition clip, another 50 rounds of ammunition and some food.

Mathews said that during unsuccessful attempts to negotiate with the gunman, FBI agents determined Peregoy had been under psychiatric care. However, Mrs. Peregoy said that to her knowledge her son had no mental illness.

Mathews said Peregoy had a history of contact with law enforcement agencies, including a visit to the FBI office about five years ago. He said the previous contacts involved irrational behavior.

However, police in Tillamook and Portland said they have had no contact with Peregoy. Portland police spokesman Jay Drum said Peregoy had no criminal record in Oregon.

Friends said Peregoy had grown up in Tillamook, where his father, William, was prominent in the lumber business. They said Peregoy spent about 10 years in West Germany, where he studied and built props for theatrical productions.

In recent years, he had been unemployed and had lived with and cared for his parents at their home near Tillamook.