Man in custody after shots fired at hotel in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - A man who fired multiple shots from his handgun in a hotel room early Friday morning was taken into custody after hours of negotiations with police.
There are no reports of injuries following the standoff at the Valley River Inn.
The man's identity is not yet known.
The situation started at 11:01 p.m. Thursday night.
"Police were called regarding a man, age 29, who was in the lobby open-carrying a handgun and making suicidal statements," Eugene Police said in a statement. "The involved male was reported ranting at employees, acting incoherent while carrying a handgun around. He had gone back up to a hotel room of the third floor with a woman."
Crisis negotiators responded to the hotel and made contact with the man.
Police talked to him for several hours. A small group of officers were on scene for security.
Then at 2:48 a.m., shots were fired from the third floor hotel room, police said. The woman left the room.
Arriving officers heard more shots fired. Police learned the man had a good amount of ammunition."
Police evacuated the third floor of the hotel.
Access to the bike path between the hotel and the Willamette River was restricted.
Medics and other emergency personnel responded to the scene, including the local bomb squad. While no explosives were involved, the bomb squad has a robot that can be used to approach suspects during standoffs.
Police took the man into custody around 10:15 a.m.
Criminal charges are pending.