Cops win shootout with Eugene man wielding paintball gun
EUGENE, Ore. - An "intoxicated and out of control" man fired 50 paintball rounds at police during a 30 minute standoff Sunday evening, the Eugene Police Department said.
As police arrived to a report of a disorderly subject at 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of W. 4th Avenue, 49-year-old Mitchell Levi Ellingson opened fire with a paintball gun, police said.
Ellingson fired at the officer's heads and upper torsos and managed to hit two officers as he yelled threats at them from his porch and front door.
Police used negotiations and "less-than-lethal" munitions to take Ellingson into custody without anyone being injured.
Ellingson was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and later booked into the jail on charges of assault on a public safety officer, third degree attempted assault, domestic violence, disorderly conduct and reckless endangering.