Man shot with own gun in fight with police

Man shot with own gun in fight with police

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- A man who fought with a Cottage Grove police officer was shot in the hand with his own gun during the struggle, police said.

Authorities say that just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, an officer stopped a man on a bicycle in the 1500 block of Hwy 99 North.

The man, identified as Ronald Dale Obannon Jr., 24, allegedly had a warrant from a previous domestic violence case.

The officer, who has not been identified, tried to take Obannon into custody, but authorities say he started to fight with the officer.

Police say he used a Taser to try to subdue Obannon, but say it wasn't effective so the officer had to tackle him.

That's when police say Obannon was able to pull a .22 caliber pistol from his pocket and pointed it at the officer.

During the struggle, the officer was able to push the gun away and it went off, striking Obannon in the hand, police said.

Other police officers arrived to help, but not before Obannon bit the officer in the hand hard enough to break the skin.

Both Obannon and the officer were taken to the hospital and treated and released.

Police say Obannon was then lodged in the Lane County Jail on charges of attempted murder, second degree assault and assaulting a police officer, among many others.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing into the incident.