Police to begin internal review of shooting at Cascade Middle School

The internal review will look at whether the officers followed department policies

Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 7:09 PM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 7:39 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department will soon begin an internal review into the officer-involved shooting at Cascade Middle School.

The Use of Force Review Board will conduct the review and will take a look at how officers Steve Timm and Aaron Johns responded in the shooting on Jan. 11, which ended in the death of Charles Landeros. The internal review will look at whether the officers followed department policies and will allow the department to evaluate its policies, training and equipment. Officials said this type of review is common after incidents like that. 

RELATED: DA: Officer-involved shooting at Cascade Middle School was justified

Police said one officer is no longer on leave and the other officer is still on leave but for a reason unrelated to the shooting.

After the Use of Force Review Board looks at the case, the Civilian Review Board will then have a chance to review it and decide whether it will be designated as a community impact case.

"It's an opportunity for members of the community, which is the Civilian Review Board, to offer recommendations to the chief before the chief closes the case, as opposed to typically (reviewing) closed cases,” Eugene police auditor Mark Gissiner said.

However, the reviews won’t begin until police receive the investigative file from the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT). Police said the internal review may not begin for another six weeks.

“I feel like it is just dragging this horrible, horrible thing on,” said Shayla Landeros, ex-wife of Charles Landeros.

Shayla Landeros said there is a push from some people in the community to designate the case as a community impact case. However, she said that isn’t necessary. Landeros said that push could be coming from the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

“The CLDC from the beginning has just been pushing to make this a bigger issue,” Landeros said. “None of them were there. None of them saw what happened. None of them know what happened, and I just feel like they are trying to push this to further their political agenda.”

Shortly after the shooting, the CLDC came out and said the incident where Charles Landeros was shot and killed by police was racially motivated. District Attorney Patricia Perlow has since ruled the shooting was justified.

KEZI 9 News has been trying to reach the CLDC for comment for weeks, but they have yet to get back to us.

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