Deputies identify man killed in Cottage Grove shooting

Deputies say the man came at them with a large knife before they opened fire.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 1:00 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- The man who was killed by Lane County deputies in Cottage Grove on Saturday has been identified.

The sheriff's office said Larry Lowry Jr. of Cottage Grove approached the deputies and threatened them with a large knife.

The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. in the 37000 block of Row River Road.

Investigators said they received a report of a male and female arguing on the property. After learning the man was in an outbuilding, they used a loudspeaker to order him out.

After several minutes, deputies said, the man came out of the building and advanced toward them with the knife. That's when deputies opened fire, killing the man.

Some neighbors said they aren't surprised by this activity.

Thomas Hans has been living in Cottage Grove for six years and he said the further upriver you go, the worse things get.

"Going upriver it gets kind of rough from what I've heard and by the number of police sirens I hear going up there," said Hans.

Other neighbors said that they never see any officers head upriver alone -- always in pairs.

Investigators said that deputies had been on the scene earlier that night for a similar report, but the couple could not be found at that time.

The Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating.

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