Po­lice kill armed man at Ore­gon school amid cus­tody dis­pute

Medicine Hat News - - WORLD -

EU­GENE, Ore. Po­lice shot and killed a man who showed up Fri­day with a gun at an Ore­gon mid­dle school amid a cus­tody dis­pute, au­thor­i­ties said. No one else was in­jured.

The man had been es­corted from Cas­cade Mid­dle School in Eu­gene when he be­gan strug­gling and pulled a gun, po­lice Lt. Jen­nifer Bills told re­porters. She ini­tially said the shoot­ing was in­side the school.

Stu­dents were locked in class­rooms, and the school was locked down for nearly four hours.

By Fri­day af­ter­noon, of­fi­cers were es­cort­ing small groups of chil­dren to a nearby church where par­ents had gath­ered.

Yel­low crime scene tape sur­rounded the school’s main park­ing lot and a yel­low tarp cov­ered the sus­pect’s body just a few feet from an en­trance. His name was not im­me­di­ately re­leased.

“No stu­dents were harmed what­so­ever. All the stu­dents are safe,” Bills said.

Par­ent Stephanie Martin waited for her two chil­dren at the church in Eu­gene, the home of the Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon.

She said her son, a sixth-grader, called her to say he and his sis­ter, a sev­enth-grader, were OK.

“The kids are all safe, that’s all we know. But that’s all I care about,” Martin said. “It’s crazy, the world is crazy.”

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