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The Lane County district attorney announced Tuesday a Springfield police officer was justified in the use of deadly force when he shot and killed Stacy William Kenny on March 31st, 2019.

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The family of a veteran killed by Eugene Police argued for changes in policing at a press conference Thursday in front of the Lane County Courthouse. 

The Babb family is drawing attention to police tactics and violence, and is hoping to build support around Brian Babb’s shooting.

DA Says Eugene Police Officer Justified In Shooting

May 1, 2015
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Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner announced Friday Eugene Police officer Will Stutesman was justified in firing his weapon at Brian Babb.

On March 30th, the Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan was fatally shot after he pointed a scoped high powered rifle at two EPD officers, who were trying to negotiate with him.

The rifle was not loaded at the time. In the District Attorney's report, it states:

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The man fatally shot by a Eugene Police officer Monday was an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2006. The Chief of Police spoke publicly about the incident Wednesday.

Eugene Police were called to the home of 49-year-old Brian Babb by his therapist who said the veteran was in emotional distress and suicidal. He had fired a shot inside the home. Nobody was injured. His roommate safely got out after police arrived in an armored vehicle. Police Chief Pete Kerns says while assessing the situation with a crisis negotiator, Babb allegedly came to the front door with a rifle.