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.
“This man’s actions were aggressive enough to put his own life and that of some police officers at significant risk, if not, at danger of losing them," said Lt. Doug Mozan at the Eugene Police station on Monday.
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.
Mozan said officers tried to talk Ellingson down.
“Mr. Ellingson was having none of that," said Mozan. "He was, instead, choosing to fire rounds from this paint gun--this very dangerous paint gun at police officers."
"They used varying kinds of less than lethal munitions," Mozan added.
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.
Mozan said the officers hit with paintballs suffered bruses and welts.