EUGENE, Ore. – Police said a camera tripod was mistaken for a rifle Tuesday morning at an office building on Club Road in Eugene.
Jared Corey, the owner of the tripod, said he was wearing the tripod bag around his back and believes the strap was the reason someone mistook it for a rifle.
Corey said he arrived at the office building on 44 Club Road around 9 a.m. to do freelance video work.
He said he was carrying camera gear into the building when he saw a group of officers standing outside the building, some armed with rifles.
"I see this group of about 10 to 12 police officer's kind of in the corner over here and essentially I saw them and you know, I saw that they had a couple assault rifles and I was like maybe I shouldn't be in this building," Corey said.
He said at first officers didn't know he was the man the call was made about.
Corey said the officers questioned why he was there and the person who placed the call confirmed he was the man the call was made about.
He said once he explained he was hired to do video work and police combed through the building, the lockdown was lifted around 10 a.m.
He said once the scene cleared, he and the officers had a good laugh.
"One of the guys kind of came out, chuckled a little bit, came up to me and was like oh, you're the guy," Corey said. "Luckily, in this whole situation, no one was here to harm anybody and after everything was cleared and safe, everyone got a good laugh out of it."
Police said they knew early on in the investigation that it was nothing, but they still wanted to take It seriously and make sure everyone was safe.
They said the lesson to take away from this is when you see something, you should always say something.
Corey said with all the mass shootings that occur, it's sad people have to fear for their lives at work.
"I know I did nothing wrong, but I just felt bad that I caused people to be you know, feel like there in danger that they weren't safe at work," Corey said.
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