Deceased Man In House Identified

The man who died in Monday’s standoff and house fire in The Dalles has been identified as William Rengigas.  Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley says an autopsy by State Medical Examiner Karin Gunson found Rengigas died of smoke inhalation in the fire at 1100 Mt. Hood Street, and ruled it a suicide because he could have left the building at any time before the smoke overcame him.  Wasco County Sheriff’s deputies went to the house to serve Rengigas eviction papers authorizing his forcible removal from the residence after it was repossessed by the financial institution that owned it.  Officers heard gunshots from inside the house and retreated, then observed smoke coming from the eaves of the home as additional law enforcement officers arrived and tried to get Rengigas to come out.  After a number of hours the Oregon State Police SWAT team breached the house and the fire accelerated.  Firefighters found Rengigas dead.  Evidence suggested that Rengigas shot and killed one of his dogs…while the second was found dead at Rengigas’ feet by investigators.  The fire was determined to have been set by Rengigas.  The public is asked to assist law enforcement in locating any family members of Rengigas.  Efforts by law enforcement to find any next of kin have been unsuccessful.

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