Man shot dead by deputy was subject of manhunt in Eugene neighborhood last November

The man shot and killed by a deputy Monday, January 15, 2017, in the Santa Clara neighborhood - Robert Martinez, 42 - was the subject of a manhunt in the Cal Young neighborhood last November. (SBG; Lane County Jail)

EUGENE, Ore. - Jan Brockamp watched as police swarmed her Santa Clara neighborhood Monday night.

"I saw the police coming, and then they just started coming and coming it was just car, after car after car," she said.

A security camera on a nearby home captured what had happened:

Lane County Sheriff's deputy investigating a report of a stolen car located the vehicle.

"The male driver did get out of the car, was confronted by the deputy; he didn't respond to the deputies command," Chief Deputy Cliff Harrold said. "He was in possession of a firearm, and he was shot by the deputy."

The deputy has been placed on leave, which is standard protocol. The county's Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team will conduct an investigation, as required by Oregon law; and submit the finding to the district attorney for review.

Neighbors shared photographs Tuesday of where bullets hit nearby homes.

As police searched the neighborhood, residents were told to lock their doors - and call 911.

Investigators identified the deceased as 42-year-old Robert Martinez Jr.

This wasn't the first time an encounter between Martinez and law enforcement resulted in a massive police presence in a Eugene neighborhood.

Last November, Martinez was a passenger in a car that crashed in the Cal Young neighborhood while fleeing police.

He took off running, according to police. A bystander who tried to tackle Martinez was bit by a police dog responding to the scene, and Martinez got away.

As the manhunt continued, police urged residents to lock their doors.

A police K9 eventually located Martinez, who was hiding underneath a house after accessing a crawl space.

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