SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man is in serious condition after being shot by a police officer late on Friday night.
Springfield Police responded to a duplex on the 1600 block of 1st Street after neighbors called and reported a suicidal man with a loaded gun. Officers evacuated the neighboring home and surrounded the duplex. Then, police say 30-year-old Travis Cress walked out of the home carrying two guns and refused to drop them, which resulted in an officer shooting him.
Springfield Police Chief Richard Lewis says Cress had refused to cooperate with officers, despite their attempts to contact him.
“He had made suicidal threats. He had made comments and references that if the officers didn’t leave the area, he was going to come out shooting,” says Lewis.
Krystal Clifton, who lives next door, says that when police told her that a neighbor was carrying a gun, she didn’t expect that it was Cress.
“He’s played with my son a couple times,” says Clifton. “We’ve played with his dog and everything. I was just across the street talking to him about two days ago.”
The officer who shot Cress has been placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated. This is Springfield’s first officer-involved shooting in nearly five years.