Springfield PD: Man shoots stolen gun during race-fueled fight

Springfield PD: Man shoots stolen gun during race-fueled fight
Jeffrey David Braden

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man was arrested for shooting a stolen gun into the air early Saturday morning during a "race-related" fight between several white and black men, Springfield Police said.

At around 2 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call about a fight involving numerous subjects near V Street and Shadylane Street in Springfield.

Witnesses told police that the fight was initially a race-related dispute that turned physical, involving several black and white males.

Neighboring tenants told officers that they could hear people yelling "white power", police said.

An officer reported hearing a gunshot as he approached the area of the reported fight.

When he arrived at the scene the officer reported seeing numerous people fleeing the area. The officer spotted one man trying to conceal something in his waistband, police said.

Police detained the man, identified as Jefferey David Braden, 22 of Springfield, and found a stolen .22 pistol in his pants.

Witnesses confirmed that Braden fired the gun into the air during the dispute. Officials said that no one was hurt by the gunshot.

Braden was arrested on multiple charges, including theft (for the stolen gun), recklessly endangering another, unlawful use of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information about the fight is asked to call Officer Lane at the Springfield Police Department at (541) 726-3714.