Eugene, Ore. – At 4:29 a.m. today, June 30, police received reports a man attempting to break into a home and a male occupant of the home confronted the male and was stabbed in the neck and shoulder. Police units responded to the scene and began looking for the suspect, while medical assistance was called for the stabbing victim. Police response was under three minutes.
During a search two officers located the suspect in the backyard of 546 W. 13th Avenue. The suspect was armed with a knife and was ordered to drop the knife. Call details indicate a taser was used to try to gain compliance. Shots were fired and the suspect was hit. Officers transitioned to providing emergency medical aid and Eugene Springfield Fire EMS transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he is being treated.
The victim was also transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died of his injuries sustained in the stabbing incident. No officers were injured.
According to Chief Chris Skinner, “This was a dangerous, rapidly evolving situation with a violent suspect. All indications are that officers gave the suspect every opportunity to comply, including use of taser, and then were were faced with the difficult but necessary decision to use deadly force.”
There still may be road closures in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Jefferson, Polk and Washington. Travelers are asked to avoid the area.
Lane County’s Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is on site conducting an investigation.