SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The deputy who shot and killed an armed man after a dispute on Camp Creek Road earlier this month was justified, according to Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow.
It started before 10 p.m. on Sept. 6 when deputies responded to reports of a domestic dispute outside Springfield.
Family members reported that Robert Gutierrez, 59, had physically struck another family member and had fired a gun before deputies arrived at the scene.
Leading up to the shooting, deputies reportedly tried to talk to Gutierrez to de-escalate the situation, but he pointed his gun at them.
A deputy fired his rifle at Gutierrez three times, and Gutierrez lowered his weapon. However, Perlow said Gutierrez again pointed his gun at the deputies. That’s when the deputy again fired three times at Gutierrez, striking him in the chest.
The shooting was a lawful use of force, Perlow said, because it was intended to save the lives of the deputy and others at the scene.