EUGENE, Ore -- The Lane County District Attorney's office held a press conference Thursday morning regarding the investigation of two recent officer-involved shootings.
The District Attorney announced that the use of force by police in two different officer-involved shootings were justified.
"Walking towards the armored vehicle, towards the officers with the rifle pointed at them while yelling at them. At that point Sergeant Lowen, seeing this exited the front passenger seat of the armored vehicle and discharged his rifle numerous times," said Det. George Crolly.
The two shootings in question took place on September 12th and the 26th.
The first involved Oregon State Police, who pulled a man over who they believed to be in a stolen vehicle. Authorities said Trooper Gerald Ellis was shot by Edward Dungan while he was trying to pull him over. Ellis returned fire but missed. Ellis was hit in the vest and is recovering. He is expected to return to work soon.
The other officer-involved shooting happened on the 26th of September. It was a fatal shooting by Eugene police of a man armed with a rifle, who held a woman and her child hostage before pointing his rifle at police. Officers opened fire on him. The suspect was hit, and died shortly after.
The investigations into these two cases are part of standard protocol.
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