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Police: False report caused response that closed River Road; caller likely faces charges

Eugene Police said a massive response that closed River Road on Tuesday was the result of a false report.

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police said a massive response that closed River Road on Tuesday was the result of a false report.

"At about 3:30 this afternoon, Eugene Police received a report that a male was holding another male at gunpoint within a residence near the corner of Rosewood & River Road," Lt. Doug Mozan said in a statement.

As police units gathered near the home, officers learned the call had come from an address on Corliss Lane.

"With limited information and safety of bystanders, residents, neighbors, and officers in mind, EPD patrol units utilized an armored rescue vehicle staffed with Crisis Negotiators to attempt contact with the residents of the Rosewood home," Mozan said. "When they were unsuccessful by phone, they utilized a PA system to deliver loud hails, which resulted in occupants exiting safely and police verifying that the Corliss Ave caller had fabricated the incident."

Mozan said police will likely bring charges against the caller.

"Though both the caller and the residents on Rosewood were familiar with one another," he added, "this was not a 'swatting' attempt at first glance."

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