Neighbors react to stabbing, officer-involved shooting in Eugene

Neighbors and friends of 36-year-old Donald Rivers are speaking out after the fatal stabbing in Eugene on Saturday.

Posted: Jul. 2, 2018 7:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Neighbors and friends of the victim of Saturday's fatal stabbing, 36-year-old Donald Rivers, are speaking out.

One of his roommates at his home on 13th and Washington in Eugene said she slept through the commotion early Saturday morning but woke up to another roomate telling her Rivers was stabbed.

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She said other roommates told her the intruder seemed incoherent when he came to the door. She said the others tried to fight the suspect off with a pogo stick when he tried to enter the house. The roommate said that's when the suspect stabbed Rivers right outside the home.

"So, I got up and went to the balcony, and at that point, you could hear yelling. I don't know who was yelling, if it was the cops. I don't know what was going on. You could see the flashing lights, you know, between the buildings, and I was like okay," said neighbor Andrew Hall.

"I walked to the end of my driveway to see what they were doing, which was them trying to catch this guy in my neighbor's little yard righ here, and I heard, 'Watch for cross fire,' and my dad used to be a cop, so I know what that means. So I kinda went down like this but was still watching, and they took a couple shots at this guy and took them down," said Jared Winter, who lives in the alley where witnesses say the suspect ran after he stabbed Rivers.

Winter said although he didn't personally know Rivers, he said mutual friends told him he was a loved soul, a courageous person and didn't deserve what happened to him.

Investigators have not released the name of the suspect.

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