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Posted on: March 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Crisis Negotiation Team Successfully Resolves Tense Call

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Crisis Negotiation Team Responds to Person 

Reported Swinging Sword-like Object

 On March 24 at 6:12 p.m., Eugene Police officers were dispatched to report of a disorderly person swinging a sword in the 1900 block of Willamette Street. When officers arrived, they observed the person, Scott Douglas Smith, age 51, swinging  a large blade-like object at a tree in the front yard of the location. There was no one nearby, but there were reports Smith had earlier approached another person in the area with Smith holding the object in both hands overhead.


Officers attempted to contact Smith due to Probable Cause for Menacing, but Smith walked away and subsequently barricaded inside home. Officers attempted to talked to Smith through the door, however, when the officers’ attempts to communicate were not working and Smith was escalating. Smith had threatened possession of a shotgun and that officers would have to kill Smith to get custody. The officers requested Crisis Negotiation Team.

Two Crisis Negotiation Team officers responded and ultimately talked Smith into coming out of the residence, after creating an agreement for a meal from a local restaurant. Smith was taken into custody without further incident and a lieutenant made good on the agreement and delivered the meal to Smith.  Smith was charged with Menacing and Unlawful Use Weapon with as well as two warrants. 


Case 21-04548

Photo of Scott Douglas Smith

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