Court documents: Double homicide suspect took one-way flight from Eugene to San Francisco


    Brenton Richmond, 48, is accused of Aggravated Murder in the shooting deaths of Tammy Lee Hopper, 42, and Erik Jacobs, 48, in Hopper's Lebanon home. (SBG)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Airport security contacted police on Saturday after staff found a Lebanon man's Oregon driver's license in the trash near a bathroom.

    Airport staff also found the man's Department of Public Safety and Standards Training ID, which indicated he had completed training to be a law enforcement officer in Oregon.

    When Eugene Police staff reached out to Lebanon Police to ask why the man's ID might be in the airport garbage, they learned the man - identified as 48-year-old Brenton Richmond - might be involved in a death investigation.

    His pickup was found parked in Section D of the Short-Term Parking area at the hospital, and police later confirmed he had bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco on Saturday.

    A Lebanon man bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco from Eugene on a flight that left about 90 minutes after the bodies of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend were found in her home. The man was later arrested attempting to enter Mexico on foot. (SBG)

    The flight left Eugene about 90 minutes after police discovered Richmond's former girlfriend and her new boyfriend dead in her Lebanon home.

    The Eugene-connection to a double homicide in Lane County are among the details in an arrest affidavit filed in Linn County by prosecutors.

    Richmond faces two counts of Aggravated Murder.

    He now faces being returned to Oregon from California, where he was taken into custody Sunday while attempting to enter Mexico on foot.

    The investigation started Saturday with the discovery of the dead bodies of Tammy Lee Hopper, 42, and Erik Jacobs, 48, in Hopper's Lebanon home. Both had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    The investigation started Saturday with the discovery of the dead bodies of Tammy Lee Hopper, 42, and Erik Jacobs, 48, in Hopper's Lebanon home. Both had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. (SBG)

    The court documents suggest Richmond's roommates saw him return home after being gone for 20 or 30 minutes on Thursday night with a flushed face, acting agitated. The documents also report a man can be seen walking to the house in home surveillance footage around the same time nearby neighbors reported hearing "thump" sounds come from the house.

    Hopper and Jacobs were found when her daughter and other family members went to check on her. The daughter told police she saw Richmond driving the other way in the small Oregon town, and said he appeared to be avoiding eye contact.

    Family members told police that Richmond and Hopper had dated "intermittently" for 9 years.

    The relationship had ended about 2 months ago, and Hopper had started dating Jacobs

    Family also told police that Hopper had told them "Brenton Richmond had made statements that if he found out Tammy Hopper started dating another man that he would kill them both" and "that if he caught her with another man he would put Tammy Hopper and that man in a body bag."

    The documents also report that Richmond is a former Lebanon Police officer, and that he had obtained a concealed handgun permit from the county sheriff.

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