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Eugene police shoot, kill man at middle school


EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN) — An armed man involved in a custody dispute was shot to death by Eugene police during a struggle just outside Cascade Middle School Friday morning.

Authorities said they were called to the school shortly before 10:30 a.m. to escort the man from the school. As they were walking him out, authorities said, he produced a gun.

A struggle then took place and the man was shot and killed by police.

Investigators later identified him as 30-year-old Charles Frederick Landeros of Eugene. 

Eugene police secure the scene in front of Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., Friday Jan. 11, 2019, after an officer involved shooting. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

Lockout procedures were immediately put into place. No students were hurt and they were kept in school until the end of the school day.

“All students are safe and unharmed, but the school remains in Lockout with all exterior doors locked and secured,” the school’s website stated. “The situation is now secure and police are continuing to investigate. When the school day is over at 3:00, students will be released through the side exits.The front parking lot at Cascade is closed. The pickup point for students who are normally picked up by parents or guardians will be St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1760 Echo Hollow Rd. Please do not call or come to the school.”

Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait outside St. Mark's Catholic Church to be reunited with their middle school children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot at Cascade Middle School (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Despite the school’s update, terrified parents rushed to the campus after receiving robocalls about the shooting. 

“I drove all the way to the school to see what was going on,” said Araceli Aveda, a parent. “People were crying because it’s a school shooting you’d think that something bad happened.” 

For Francis Murray, a neighbor, the shooting left her shaken up about the future. 

“I don’t want my grand babies growing up at a school where people are gonna come shoot at everybody,” Murray said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.” 

Initial reports from the scene indicated the shooting happened inside the school. Officials later clarified the details.

According to parents, the man who was shot had been trying to pick up a student from the school. Police have not yet confirmed that. 

Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait to be reunited with their children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.  (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

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