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Police Shoot Domestic Violence Suspect In Whiteaker Area

Brian Bull

Eugene Police shot a man this morning in the Whiteaker neighborhood. A 911 dispatcher got a call about a domestic violence incident and restraining order violation.  The caller said the man left an apartment complex and was armed with a knife. 

Near West Second and Madison, two police officers spotted the suspect and after a confrontation, shot him.  An ongoing investigation is reviewing video from several sources, with information that the knife-carrying man advanced on officers prior to being shot.

An EPD release says once the scene was secure, officers administered emergency medical aid, and the suspect was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Credit EPD
EPD Chief Chris Skinner, at today's press conference.

Eugene’s Chief of Police says today’s shooting incident has been turned over to the Lane County District Attorney’s office.

Chris Skinner said the man shot by police had a history of “family violence” when he violated a restraining order at an apartment complex in the Whiteaker area.  Skinner says a 911 call alerted police to the suspect, who had left armed with a knife.

“Whether that was meant for police, or was meant to intimidate the victim…right now we don’t know the answers to that, but we do know that the knife was taken for a purpose.”

Police said the suspect entered a dead-end area at West 2nd and Madison, then advanced upon approaching officers.  The man was hit twice. His status remains unknown at this time.

The Lane County’s Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is evaluating video footage of the shooting from multiple sources, including body cams. Both EPD officers on scene have been put on administrative leave.

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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 (22 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.
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