Friday night’s call about a man waving a handgun around at a party highlighted a dangerous situation that ended safely due to exceptional and professional actions by the responding Eugene Police officers.
At 12:33 a.m., on August 12, a member of the public called regarding a loud party in the 3200 block of Kinsrow Avenue, reporting noise and yelling about drugs. At 1:09 a.m., another call came in about a dispute and a man waving a gun around. Multiple EPD units responded to the hectic scene, with witnesses pointing to a male with a firearm, later identified as Alex Ragan, age 19, of Eugene. Ragan saw officers and tried to get into a vehicle to leave, but officers attempted to detain him. Ragan immediately resisted arrest and reached into his waistband, retrieved the firearm, and was holding it when officers took it away from him in the middle of the fight. A taser was used to take him safely into custody.
While officers were attempting to place Ragan in handcuffs, his friend, later identified as Johnathon Teixeira, age 20, confronted the officers and was physically interfering with the arrest. When an officer tried to take Teixeira into custody, a physical confrontation ensued. A taser was deployed to help take Teixeria safely into custody. Both Ragan and Teixeria appeared intoxicated.
Investigating officers found Ragan, Teixeria, and other unidentified males showed up to the party uninvited, causing a scene. When they were asked to leave, Ragan displayed a handgun and menaced several party goers. An officer received a minor injury during the fight.
Ragan was lodged at Lane County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Interfering with a Police Officer.
Teixeria was lodged at Lane County Jail for Interfering with a Police Officer. Case 23-11954