Office worker fires handgun
Originally ran here
in The Register-Guard on May 17, 2001
An employee at a physician's office in Eugene
fired a semi-automatic pistol at an intruder Wednesday afternoon after an irate
man broke into the locked business and threatened employees, police said.
No one was injured in the incident, which began
about 4:45 p.m. when a man began telephoning and threatening employees at the
Oregon Podiatry Clinic at 2893 Oak St.
The caller's ex-wife used to work at the
office, and the man was upset with employees, Eugene police said.
The employees locked the doors and called
But the man arrived before police and pounded
on the doors, trying to force his way inside, police said.
The man eventually broke a glass door behind
the office, and an employee with a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol aimed it at
the man and warned him the police were on the way.
The suspect advanced on employees despite the
warning, and the employee fired a round at him.
The bullet exited a rear window and lodged in a
car parked near the back door.
The man then fled through the broken door, but
returned and was arrested.
Jason Alan Hall, 32, of Springfield was
arrested on the charge of second-degree burglary.
Hall was lodged at the Lane County Jail and
will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today.
Police said the clinic employee who fired the
handgun legally owned the firearm.
The employee wasn't charged in the shooting
because he was protecting property and people.
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