Lane DA: Eugene police justified shooting 911 caller

Edgar Rodriguez called 911 about a dispute in his apartment

A Eugene Police car. (Eugene Police Twitter)
A Eugene Police car. (Eugene Police Twitter)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Lane County District Attorney has cleared two Eugene police officers of wrongdoing in the shooting of an armed man outside his Eugene apartment.

The Register-Guard reports District Attorney Patty Perlow said Wednesday the officers were justified in their use of force against Edgar Rodriguez. The announcement came one day after Rodriguez filed a tort claim signaling his intent to sue the city and the county.

Perlow says Rodriguez called 911 to report a dispute inside his apartment on Sept. 10 and was holding a gun when officers Mark Hubbard and Timothy Hunt arrived at the scene.

She says Rodriguez didn’t comply with commands to drop the weapon and was then shot by the officers.

Rodriguez’s claim notice alleges the officers never told him to drop the weapon and that he was struck by six bullets during the incident.

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