Police in Eugene, Oregon, can’t seem to catch a break- mere weeks after the agency made national news for the defensive shooting of an armed Antifa member at a local middle school, the Eugene Police discovered incendiary devices outside of their headquarters.
According to Lieutenant David Natt, the devices were discovered by a landscaping crew and were verified to be real.
“This is not a hoax device,” Natt said. “This is a very serious matter.”
The metro EOD team was notified and quickly responded to defuse the explosives, which have since been disarmed and turned over to forensics.
“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. “We’re going to ask our neighbors for any [security] footage, and we’re going to review all the footage that we have.”
Local resident John Ward told KEZI that he was surprised that someone would target the Eugene Police.
“I’m speechless when I find out that people are planting bombs and bad things around town,” Ward said. “I don’t know why they’d want to do that, why would they want to hurt innocent people?”
It is unknown if Antifa played a role in planting the devices, and EPD employees have been urged to be extra vigilant as they commute to and from work.
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