EUGENE, Ore. - A shootout during a home invasion robbery at a home with a medical marijuana grow early Friday morning put one of the residents in the hospital - and put police on the trail of two armed suspects.
Police said the 26-year-old man is expected to survive what the female resident of the home described as a gunshot wound to the leg.
The couple awoke to the sounds of a break-in at 4:25 a.m. and encountered at least two suspects.
Neighbor and eyewitness Kyle Brooks said he was awakened by the sounds of a man screaming and then saw a woman fire a shotgun at two men.
"The guy was coming out his back door to see what was going on, and one of the people that was breaking in just turned around and started firing at him - caught him in the leg, and then his old lady grabbed a shotgun and started shooting."
Police said the two suspects fled the scene. It is not known whether either suspect suffered any injuries in the shootout.
- White male in his early 20s, 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall, dark complexion, short hair, dark baseball hat, white shirt with a picture on it, long sleeve white long underwear under the t-shirt, knee length dark shorts, skater shoes.
- White male in his 20s, thin build, medium complexion, short hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a baseball hat, dark shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. His hat may have had the words "Police" written on it.
Police asked anyone with information about the case to call (541) 682-5111.
"At this time, police are not releasing the address of the robbery to protect the future security of the residents," police said in a press release, citing the presence of a medical marijuana grow.
The woman who answered the door at the house off Highway 99 south of Barger Drive told KVAL News she does not know why the home was targeted.
But Brooks said his neighbor's marijuana grow operation - visible from the street - might have had something to do with it.
"It's a risky business," he said. "There's lots of people that'll rip you off at gun point."
Eugene police detective Matt Hervert did not say that the medical marijuana grow operation had anything to do with this crime, but he did bring up the danger of gunfire in residential areas.
"Certainly bullets flying around the neighborhood are dangerous to everybody, everybody around," he said.
"Got to be careful where you're shooting a shotgun in a neighborhood," he said. "It's got to go somewhere."