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Domestic violence suspect arrested with gun in Springfield

A gun was located tucked between the seat and center console.

Posted: Dec 4, 2021 8:36 AM
Updated: Dec 4, 2021 9:16 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- An arrest has been made after a domestic violence incident in Springfield earlier this week.

On Tuesday officers responded to a report of an assault and strangulation. The female victim required medical attention at a local hospital.

Officers learned the suspect, 39-year-old Manuel Vargas, had discharged a firearm during an argument and was reportedly still in possession of the gun. Investigators were very concerned about the safety of the victim who began staying in locations other than her home to stay away from Vargas.

Detectives with the Springfield Police Department and officers with the Street Crimes Unit of the Eugene Police Department began surveilling several locations in an attempt to locate Vargas who we believed to be armed.

On Friday an officer was patrolling the area of R St in Springfield and located a vehicle believed to be associated with Vargas.

During a traffic stop, Vargas was identified as the passenger. Officers safely talked Vargas into custody, and a Springfield Detective completed the investigation.

A gun was also located tucked between the seat and center console.

Officials say officers and detectives worked this case virtually 24 hours a day leading to Vargas's capture.

Vargas is facing charges of Strangulation, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Assault IV x 2 and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic abuse regardless of severity, SPD strongly encourages you to call for help at 541-726-3714.

The Victim Services Division of the Lane County District Attorney’s Office is another resource for victims and families at 541-682-4523

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