Police kill armed man at Oregon school amid custody dispute
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.”