Barricaded suspect took own life, Eugene police say

No use of force was used to resolve the situation, police say.

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 3:41 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2021 11:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene Police said a man who barricaded himself in a Eugene home on Thursday killed himself with a gun before officers broke in.

Police first responded to the 1100 block of Jefferson Street at 9:15 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call. A man was barricaded in an apartment and refusing to communicate with officers.

The situation was resolved by 6:30 p.m. Police said officers did not need to use force, and there is no ongoing threat to the neighborhood.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place within a one-block radius during the incident. Crisis Negotiation Team members and SWAT were on scene. The armored vehicle was used to help some apartment residents, including children, escape the area for safety.

Police have not released any further details about what led up to this stand-off. However, sources familiar with the situation told KEZI on the condition of anonymity that the suspect in the stand-off was distraught about a recent break-up with his girlfriend.

A source, who knows the girlfriend well, said the suspect brandished a gun at his ex-girlfriend in the hours leading up to the standoff. The source said the man also showed up to the place the woman was staying, and took back a car he claimed was his.

"He showed up at our house and and took all her stuff out of the car and sped off to barricade himself and they had contact until almost mid-day,” the source said.

After hours of negotiations and back-and-forth, SWAT used a flash bang grenade and then a battering ram on an armored truck to get inside the home on Jefferson Street.

The source said the suspect and his girlfriend had been together for about five years. Police have yet to release the man's identity.

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