No one injured after shots fired by officer as suspect stole Eugene Police car


    An officer responding to provide backup Wednesday morning saw a suspect stealing a fellow officer's police car and at some point shot at the suspect, police say. No one was injured. Even so, authorities in Lane County are now conducting a deadly force investigation, as required by Oregon law. (SBG)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police say an officer fired shots as a suspect involved in a confrontation with another officer stole a police car Wednesday morning.

    The situation started around 4 a.m. when an officer stopped two men on 15th Avenue near Pearl Alley.

    "That stop didn't go so well," Police Chief Chris Skinner said. "Those people kind of sort of started to have physical confrontation with the officer, and one of the individuals ran from the officer."

    While the officer chased after the suspect on foot, another officer arrived on the scene "to find the second person stealing the first officers patrol car," Skinner said. "There were shots fired at that point by the second officer."

    Police located the stolen patrol car a short time later, unoccupied about a block and a half away.

    A Springfield Police K9 was able to track down the suspect and he was taken into custody.

    No one was injured.

    Under Oregon law, the case is now the responsibility of the Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team to review.

    "Any time an officer fires their weapon in the line of duty, we call out that multi-jurisdictional team to investigate this," Skinner said.

    The final report is sent to the district attorney for review. It falls to the county's top prosecutor to determine if officers acted within the law when using deadly force, even when no one is injured.

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