Update: Officer-Involved Shooting
At 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, Officer Aaron Johns, age 40 and a 15-year veteran of the Eugene Police Department, stopped a red Honda mini-bike at the Fire Station driveway on Bailey Hill Road. During the initial encounter, the officer removed a large knife and a hatchet from the mini-bike’s rider, Christopher Lee Koziatek, age 44, of Eugene.
During the officer’s initial contact with the suspect, the suspect ran from the officer and the officer gave chase on foot to the southeast side of Churchill High School. The officer called for emergency back-up and a lockdown of Churchill High School. The officer caught the suspect, who physically resisted and assaulted the officer while also armed with a handgun. The suspect was shot by the officer.
Responding officers provided emergency medical aid, and Fire/EMS arrived. The suspect died on scene.
The officer was evaluated at a local hospital and released with no serious physical injuries.
Lane County's Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to investigate.