Court document: Gun battle between BMWs in Eugene result of drug deal gone wrong

Phillip Alan Stiggins, 34, of Springfield faces charges of charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Cocaine Two Grams or More, and Delivery of Cocaine. (Inset: Lane County Jail; background photo via SPD)

EUGENE, Ore. - The gun battle between two BMWs near Autzen Stadium on November 15 was the result of an argument over a drug deal, according to information contained in a search warrant affidavit filed by police.

One of the drivers - Phillip Stiggins - told investigators he picked up his passenger from a medical appointment to give the man a ride.

Along the way, Stiggins made a stop at a house, then traveled to the O Bar on Commons Drive, both Stiggins and the passenger told police.

That's where Stiggins and two men in another BMW got into an argument of some kind, according to the affidavit.

Gunshots were fired in the parking lot, and Stiggins drove after the other car, according to the account. He held the steering wheel with his right hand - and fired a 9mm handgun with the other, police noted in the sworn statement.

The passenger - who said he just wanted a ride - said someone in the other car fired at them, too.

Police in Springfield caught up with Stiggins. He was placed under arrested on a variety of charges, including unlawful use of a weapon and possession and delivery of cocaine.

Police released the passenger - and gave the man a ride to his intended destination.

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