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No charges for resident who killed home invader, police say

The man who was killed reportedly had a history of mental illness.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 10:21 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man who shot and killed someone who was breaking into his home will not face charges, police say.

The shooting happened at South Crest Apartments on Donald Street early Monday morning and it left Skyler Weisberg, 28, dead.

Leading up to the incident, police said Weisberg left his home in Tillamook County sometime after 10 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities pulled him over in Polk County after he made an alleged minor traffic violation, and he told the deputy he was headed to Eugene to look for his wife.

Just after 3:30 a.m., Weisberg arrived to the apartment he had lived at with his wife on Donald Street and pounded on the door, waking up the new residents of the home, a man and his girlfriend. Police said Weisberg demanded to see his wife and continued pounding on the door and window. Multiple residents at the complex called 911 to report the disturbance.

Despite the resident telling Weisberg his wife wasn’t at the location, he broke the window to get inside, police said. The resident, who was armed with a gun, kept telling the man to leave.

That’s when police said Weisberg moved toward the resident, reportedly making comments about death, and the resident shot the home invader twice. However, the man soon continued coming closer again. A third shot caused Weisberg to fall to the ground.

Police said the man and his girlfriend followed instructions from dispatch and the officers who arrived at the scene and were removed from the apartment. Medical aid was unable to revive Weisberg and he was pronounced dead.

Weisberg’s family has been contacted. Police say he had a history of mental illness and at least one prior psychotic episode.

The decision to not file criminal charges was made after consulting the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. We are withholding the name of the resident at this time as he is not facing charges in the incident.

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