Teenager allegedly threatens to shoot dance club employee

A teenager allegedly threatened to shoot a Cowfish Dance Club employee Saturday afternoon after dispute.

Posted: Oct 20, 2019 7:19 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2019 10:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A teenager allegedly threatened to shoot a Cowfish Dance Club employee Saturday afternoon. 

The Eugene Police Department said at around 4:40 p.m., the Cowfish employee asked three teenagers to leave, leading one of the teens to become disorderly.

EPD said the youth then allegedly threatened to shoot the employee, and without showing a gun, he motioned that he had one in his backpack before leaving.

According to the business, the teenager claimed to have a .22 caliber handgun.

But a teenager who claimed he was involved in the incident said the employee incorrectly assumed he had a firearm.

"I think the guy was over-exaggerating a little. I don't think I have a gun, so, I know I don't have a gun. And he was just like, 'This guy has a gun,'" the teen said. 

Eugene Police said they spotted the teen on Willamette Street and 11th Avenue when he started running.

When police detained him, they said they did not find a gun on him but did find over 3 grams of marijuana.

A Cowfish employee said local transients cause issues for businesses throughout downtown Eugene, and this isn't the first time they have had problems.

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