Around 12:17 a.m. on October 13, a Eugene Police officer was flagged down near Broadway and Olive regarding a man who was acting suspiciously. A call had just been aired regarding an armed man inside Buy2, 110 W. Broadway. The officer who was flagged down spotted a man holding a machete to his own throat, drinking a beer. The man also had what looked like a sawn-off shotgun slung across his chest. The officer requested additional police units to help with the incident.
Upon arrival of a second officer, the man, later identified as Royal Jay Gullickson, age 57, put the machete down and complied with officer commands. He was taken into custody safely and the item slung across his chest was found to be an air rifle. During an investigation, officers found Gullickson had been reported to have entered Buy2 and was refused service to purchase a beer because he would not leave his backpack at the door. He is reported to have taken one, held a machete to his throat, and left without paying.
Two men in their 20s also reported an incident involving Gullickson and the air rifle that had occurred at 1000 Oak Street. Gullickson was transported to Lane County Jail for Menacing and Disorderly Conduct for this incident and for Robbery in the First Degree at Buy2. Case 23-15377