EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department arrested a man after he allegedly loaded a pellet gun and pointed it at neighbors’ yards.
Aroung 12:20 p.m., police officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of South Bertelsen Road. There they found the suspect sitting in a chair and he appeared to be loading a rifle. Officers later determined the firearm was a pellet gun.
Officers brought in an armored vehicle and contacted the residents in the home. They blocked South Bertelsen Road from West 18th Avenue down about one mile south.
Police detained three people, including the armed man. They arrested 26-year-old Alan James Ryan for disorderly conduct, two counts of reckless endangering, and cited in lieu of custody for unlawful discharge of a firearm. No one was hurt, and the area is now secure.
The 4J School District says Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School briefly entered a modified lockdown as a precaution due to police activity in the area. There was no threat to the schools. A district spokesperson says the modified lockdown has now been lifted.
According to Eugene City Code 4.885 Weapons – Discharging Firearms, “except on established ranges, no person other than a peace officer in line of duty shall discharge a gun, including spring or air-actuated pellet gun, air gun or BB gun, or other weapon which propels a projectile by use of gunpowder or other explosive, jet, or rocket propulsion.”