On April 23 at 4:50 a.m. Eugene Police officers responded to a neighborhood in the 2500 block of Lakeview Drive after reports of catalytic converter thefts in progress and then shots fired. One resident reported going outside to confront the two or three male suspects, who then started to flee the area in a white minivan-type vehicle. The resident got in his vehicle and began to follow the suspects but heard multiple gunshots coming from the van and stopped. EPD officers arrived and found shell casings during their search.
Just before 3 a.m., today, April 24, a resident in the 4300 block of Goodpasture Loop heard a vehicle alarm going off and then startled individuals near the vehicle, who took off in a white mini-van. Due to the details of the previous day’s call, and the possible presence of a firearm, Eugene Police officers flooded the area. A sergeant located a white mini-van and began to follow it. He momentarily lost sight of it around N. Delta Road, near some new apartments, but then spotted the occupied van in a back parking lot. Additional police units were brought in for a high-risk stop due to the possible presence of firearms and three suspects were taken into custody without incident. There is an ongoing investigation into the thefts and shooting.
Eugene Police is seeking any relevant tips or home surveillance as well as any in-vehicle video from drivers out and about in these areas during the times of the thefts or shooting that may be helpful in this case. Please call Detective Rick Lowe, 541-682-5573, and reference case 22-06300.