“This is not a hoax device. These are very serious matters.” says Eugene police Lt. David Natt.
In the aftermath of the shooting at a middle school in Eugene, Oregon, police were cleared of any wrongdoing after a far left protester wearing a “Smash The Patriarchy” shirt was shot while pulling a gun on the officers. Now the police have discovered explosive devices outside of their headquarters.
Anyone with information about the devices is urged to contact Detective Jeff Drullinger at 541-682-5160. https://t.co/qfYdBvL5Gh
— Eugene Police Dept. (@EugenePolice) January 29, 2019
Eugene Police Department reports that maintenance crews located suspicious items near police headquarters on Monday.
Members of the Eugene Metro Explosive Disposal Unit responded and found the items to be incendiary devices, according to the report.
They were rendered safe, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
“I don’t know what kind of damage they could have done,” Lt. David Natt said. “This is not a hoax device. These are very serious matters.”
The Eugene Metro Explosive Disposal Unit was called and defused the explosives. Natt would not go into details about the devices but said they are now in the hands of forensic experts.
“Our hope is that we get some physical evidence off it and that physical evidence leads us to somebody involved in the production and/or deployment of these devices,” Natt said.
While the Eugene Police Department is in charge of the investigation, Natt said they have reached out to federal agencies and plan to review security camera footage.
“We’re going to ask our neighbors for any footage, and we’re going to review all the footage that we have,” Natt said.
Video of Lt. Natt’s press conference, courtesy of KVAL:
The person who was shot, Charles Landeros (who uses they/them/their pronouns), was a member of a group called Community Armed Self Defense, which is self described as ““new liberatory and inclusive space for all oppressed peoples to learn about armed self-defense.”