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Hit-and-Run Leads to Firearms Arrest

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Sheriff’s deputies say a burglary and an alleged hit-and-run lead them to a major weapons bust this weekend.

Investigators say it started with a burglary that happened near the 90,000 block of Territorial Highway Friday. Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, two people spotted a suspicious person in a white Jetta, parked near the area. The two people tried to talk to the man, but deputies say he sped off allegedly hitting one of them. The person hit was not seriously injured.

A short time later, deputies found Jesse Cochran, 36, of Eugene, in a mobile home in the 2,700 block of Clearlake Road. They say it turned out he was hiding in a friend’s house.

Deputies say Cochran surrendered. They searched the home and found several firearms, ammunition, silencers, explosives and meth.

Sgt. Steve French says the arrest was made possible by the two good Samaritans.

“I think what’s unusual about this are the circumstances that we had two citizens that actually took the time to observe something suspicious and wanted to apparently make a difference,” Sgt. French said.

Cochran is in the Lane County Jail facing several charges including nine counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony hit and run and drug charges.

Deputies are still investigating why Cochran had all the weapons in his possession.

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