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Man Threatening Family Members Shot And Killed By Lane Co. Sheriff's Deputies

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A man was shot and killed by Lane County Sheriff’s deputies Monday night on Camp Creek Rd, east of Springfield.

In a release, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to reports of a physical dispute in the 37000 block of Camp Creek Rd. just before 10:00 p.m. Family members of 59-year-old Robert Gutierrez made an emergency call, saying that he had struck a family member and had fired a gun. Residents reported it felt unsafe to leave.

LCSO said “Prior to deputies arriving at the location, a deputy made phone contact with at least one of the family members and developed probable cause that Gutierrez had committed crimes including Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Physical Harassment.”  

When deputies arrived, Gutierrez allegedly responded with profanity and pointed a firearm at them. One deputy fired at Gutierrez, who was struck and killed.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol in deadly force incidents. The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team responded and is investigating the incident. This team is made up of investigators from numerous outside agencies and overseen by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. 

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.