1 dead in stabbing incident at 13th & Washington in Eugene, suspect hospitalized
EUGENE, Ore. -- Police are continuing to investigate a reported stabbing incident at 13th and Washington in Eugene Saturday morning.
At 4:29 a.m., police received reports a man broke into a home and stabbed a man inside in the neck and shoulder, Eugene Police report.
Units responded to the scene and began looking for the suspect, while medical assistance was called for the stabbing victim. EPD adds the police response was under three minutes.
During a search, two officers located the suspect in the backyard at 546 W. 13th Avenue.
"The suspect was armed with a knife and was ordered to drop the knife," EPD said. "Call details indicate a taser was used to try to gain compliance. Shots were fired and the suspect was hit. Officers transitioned to providing emergency medical aid and Eugene Springfield Fire EMS transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he is being treated."
The victim was also transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died of his injuries sustained in the stabbing incident, police reported around 9 a.m.
No officers were injured.
According to Chief Chris Skinner: “This was a dangerous, rapidly evolving situation with a violent suspect. All indications are that officers gave the suspect every opportunity to comply, including use of taser, and then were were faced with the difficult but necessary decision to use deadly force.”
Police say the suspect had a prior criminal history, and that he tried to break into another home in the vicinity following the stabbing.
Police said they have no reason to believe there was a connection between suspect and victim, but it's still under investigation.
There are road closures in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Jefferson, Polk and Washington. Travelers are asked to avoid the area.
Our reporters counted 12 police cars, extending out three blocks from 13th and Washington, and eight detectives on scene.
Investigators were going door-to-door asking residents what they saw or heard.
Crime scene tape is deployed at five different locations surrounding the involved area, according to reports from the scene.
Lane County’s Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is on site conducting an investigation.
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