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Eugene Police: 1 dead in officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning

Two officers fired and the suspect was hit, according to police. Officers rendered medical aid and called for EMS who transported the suspect to a local hospital where he subsequently died. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police shot and killed a man who was armed with a rifle early Tuesday morning in North Eugene.

At 3:37 a.m. police were called to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Corliss Lane where a woman reported a man had held her and a child hostage at rifle-point and threatened to kill her and her child, police said.

According to the report, the suspect subsequently left on foot after she and a male friend who had also been inside pushed the suspect outside.

Police say it was reported by a caller to 911 that the suspect made a statement to the woman about wanting to die in a police shooting.

Officers arrived and evacuated the apartment's occupants.

It was learned the suspect had a relative at the apartment complex and may have fled there, the report said.

Officers observed the suspect in an apartment and called for him to exit unarmed. The suspect came out of the apartment with a rifle pointed at officers, police said.

Officers are reported to have ordered the suspect to drop the rifle, the report says.

Two officers fired and the suspect was hit, according to police. Officers rendered medical aid and called for EMS who transported the suspect to a local hospital where he subsequently died.

The officers were not harmed.

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation team is on scene and will be conducting an investigation pursuant to Oregon State Law (Senate Bill 111).

Names of all involved are being withheld at this time, police said.

According to Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns, "Officers and sergeants responded to an extremely dangerous scene, they kept the family safe and were confronted by an armed and dangerous suspect. After the shooting they transitioned immediately to rendering emergency care. Their actions were exactly what I expect."

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