Eugene city council candidate arrested for menacing, flashing gun

Sean Dwyer, 33, is a candidate for Ward 1 councilor.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 3:56 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 11:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A candidate for the Eugene City Council was arrested Saturday afternoon, accused of disorderly conduct and menacing people with a gun.

Sean Kenneth Dwyer, 33, was arrested by Eugene police around 3:30 p.m., at the Buy 2 convenience store at 110 W. Broadway, police said.

Witnesses told police that Dwyer got into an argument and threw a beer down on the floor. He then allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened people outside the store.

Dwyer is running in the May primary to unseat Councilor Emily Semple in Ward 1 of the Eugene City Council.

However, Dwyer said the police did not tell the whole story.

He claims he got into an argument with one of the clerks when he began to use trans-phobic slurs towards Dwyer's girlfriend. He did acknowledge he could have reacted better, but he denies threatening anyone with his gun. 

"Mainly it was a misunderstanding," said Dwyer.  "I was wearing a coat that was too small because I couldn't find mine so I borrowed one and my weapon did show. I am a concealed carry holder. I was attacked in 2007 for mistakenly kissing my boyfriend at an intersection in Fresno and that's what lead me to pursue concealed carry and protecting myself in that manner."

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