EUGENE, Ore. — Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting outside of the Churchill High School in Eugene.
At about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, a Eugene police officer pulled over a 44-year-old man on Bailey Hill Road, in front of the Bailey Hill Fire Station and next to the high school. The suspect was riding a small motorcycle.
At some point, the man on the bike ran into the neighboring parking lot and the officer followed. EPD says the officer ordered the school on modified lock down. Police say the officer noticed the suspect had a handgun.
EPD is still investigating what happened next. According to multiple witness there was yelling and a struggle between the suspect and officer.
“Told my mom and my cousin, hey let’s go help,” said witness Marco Vasquez. “I got out of the car. When I approached him, the suspect had a gun in his hand. He popped off a shot.”
“My first instinct was that my cousin got shot,” said witness Jessie Owen.
Officers say the suspect, who they haven’t identified, is dead. Witnesses say the officer is a school resource officer.
The officer involved did suffer some abrasions, but is otherwise okay. He is on paid administrative leave, which is protocol.
Because deadly force was used, an outside investigation is under way. Police say they want to stress the importance of the officer’s response and specifically how quickly he put the school into lockdown.