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Family of man killed by Eugene police speaks out

His partner of 20 years describes Eliborio Rodrigues as a hard-working family man.

Posted: Dec 9, 2019 6:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The family of the man who was shot and killed by Eugene police in a North Eugene neighborhood said they want answers.

KEZI 9 News spoke to a woman who wanted to remain anonymous. She said she was Eliborio Rodrigues' partner for 20 years, and they have five kids together.

"I want the detectives -- I want them to do a thorough investigation. I want answers. I want some justice," The woman said.

The woman said on Nov. 30, she and Rodrigues went to north Eugene to collect cans and bottles to help pay the bills, something she said they have done for over a year. She said they split up, and later she heard a loud bang but didn't believe it was gunshots at first. She said she became worried after Rodrigues didn't show up the spot where they were supposed to meet.

"I'm shattered. I don't have him," the woman said. "We're together all the time, we're inseparable, and now I'm lost."

Eugene police said the shooting happened after officer Samuel Tykol stopped him, and a fight broke out. The woman said Rodrigues was unarmed, a fact police would not confirm or deny while the investigation continues.

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Springfield police said Rodrigues was arrested on April 18 for second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing. Police said it happened at an office for the Department of Human Services on Harlow Road.

Police said Rodrigues was there visiting his children who are in foster care. They said he became disruptive and threatened the foster family and refused to leave the building. Police said it took three officers to arrest him. His partner remembers him as a hard-working family man who loved his kids.

"They don't understand why their dad is gone, and it's kind of hard to explain to them what happened, especially the younger ones," the woman said.

Police said Tykol, who has been with the department since 2016, was injured and treated and released from a nearby hospital.

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