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Posted on: October 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Update in south Eugene firearm death investigation

Photo of vehicles at south Eugene firearm death investigation

 Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:08 AM

UPDATE – Death investigation in south Eugene


Sometime after 10:00 p.m. on October 17, Skyler Weisberg, age 28, left his home in Tillamook County and traveled to Eugene. While en route to Eugene, Weisberg was pulled over in Polk County after committing a minor traffic violation. Weisberg told the deputy he was travelling to Eugene to look for his wife.


At approximately 3:40 a.m., Weisberg arrived at the apartment he had previously shared with his wife in the complex located at 5477 Donald Street.  The current residents of the apartment, 21-year-old Daniel Ernst, and his 20-year-old girlfriend were asleep inside. Weisberg pounded on the door to the apartment, waking up the occupants. Ernst made contact with Weisberg through a window located adjacent to the front door of the apartment.  Weisberg began yelling and pounding on the windows demanding to see his wife loud enough to prompt multiple 911 calls from residents at the complex.


Ernst told Weisberg his wife was not at the location and asked him to leave. Weisberg continued to bang on the window to the apartment, eventually breaking the window and making entry into apartment. Ernst was armed with a handgun and continued to tell Weisberg to leave.  


Weisberg advanced toward Ernst making comments about death. Ernst shot at Weisberg twice causing Weisberg to temporarily stop advancing toward Ernst, but then began advancing again. Ernst shot at Weisberg a third time and Weisberg fell to the ground just feet away from the hallway leading to Ernst’s bedroom.


Ernst and his girlfriend followed instructions from the 911 call taker and arriving police officers, and were removed from the apartment.  Responding police officers provided medical care to Weisberg until the arrival of Eugene Springfield Fire personnel who pronounced Weisberg deceased.


Weisberg’s family, including his estranged wife have been contacted. Weisberg had a history of mental illness and at least one prior psychotic episode.  After consulting with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, there will be no criminal charges filed in this case.




Monday, October 18, 2021 9:11 AM

Death investigation at south Eugene apartment

 Eugene Police received a call at 3.42 a.m. from a south Eugene apartment and patrol responded to the scene. EPD Violent Crimes Unit has been called out to do a death investigation regarding a firearm at the location. The area is secure, there are no outstanding suspects and no ongoing threat from this incident to the public. 


We will release more details as investigators get further into the case and are able to provide them. 



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