EUGENE, Ore. -- A mother and adult son are dead after a dispute on Hawkins Lane Thursday evening, police say.
The father reportedly heard gunshots from an adjacent room, left the home and called 911. The woman's mother who was living in the basement at the time got out of the home safely and was not injured.
When police learned that there was an argument, they set up several resources at the scene and tried to make contact with the individuals inside the home. It started at about 2:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Hawkins Lane.
Police said it's likely the shooting was a murder-suicide, but police said they are not jumping to any conclusions at this time. They are waiting for the autopsies to be completed to learn more about cause and manner of death. Eugene Police said both the mother and son had apparent gunshot wounds.
During the situation, the father provided information about who was inside and told police his son had access to multiple firearms and was upset with his mother. Police used an armored vehicle to get the front door open and flew a small drone inside to see who was where. At 5 p.m. SWAT entered the home and found the two deceased individuals in a bedroom adjacent to the family room.
Eugene police chief Chris Skinner was asked during a press conference on Friday why there wasn't a quicker forced entry if they knew someone was potentially hurt or being held hostage.
"Industry standard practice now with special weapons and tactics is to try and slow things down as much as we can. Often times making a hasty entry or forced entry can have a tendency to aggravate a situation as opposed to de-escalating a situation. We've been much more successful with slowing things down and negotiating," Skinner said.
Skinner said police did not hear any gunshots when they arrived to the scene.
Several neighbors told us it is a safe neighborhood but that one specific house has had problems in the past involving a different family and a suicide.
"It's not a regular occurrence but it has happened before at that same house. Several years ago before I lived here there was a family that experienced a suicide in the house and now there's this new family, this new horrific tragedy," neighbor Brittany Bana said.
Many people who lived in the area seemed to be on the same page. Although no one really knew the family, everyone said they were friendly and always waved at anyone who walked by.
"It's a quiet family. They were very kind when I would see them on their morning walks. Anytime I saw them they would smile at me. And my neighbors who knew them said the same thing. They were quiet but would smile and wave. Again there was nothing unusual it's a pleasant place to live here," Brittany Bana said.
Bana saw the father run out of the house crying on the phone and she asked him if he was okay. He replied that he wasn't and police told her to go inside. Now that she knows what happened, she wishes she had done more in the past to make sure the family was OK.
She said it is imperative that the community checks up on one another especially during these uncertain times.
At the request of the father, police will not be giving the names of those involved at this time. Eugene Police expect the results of the autopsies to come back early next week.