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Standoff Between Law Enforcement And Armed Man Continues Into Night

Brian Bull

A tense standoff in the South Hills saw Eugene Police and SWAT personnel trying to talk a man with a rifle into surrendering himself yesterday.  

A negotiator with a bullhorn tried coaxing the man to leave a residence, where an EPD robot with a phone waited outside.

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Negotiation personnel and ambulance crews wait a couple streets away from where negotiations took place in an otherwise quiet South Eugene neighborhood.

“You could talk to the robot, you could talk to the phone," said the negotiator. 

"Best case scenario…you can calmly walk to the front door, and come on out. Hands up, hands empty.”

Later, as night fell, a loud blast interrupted the negotiator ….possibly a police stun grenade or flash bang.

The man reportedly fired several shots at police. As of 10:30 last night, no progress was made on getting the man to surrender to the authorities.  

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.