EUGENE, Ore. - No one witnessed the exchange of gunfire between a police officer and an armed man Monday that put the man in the hospital in critical condition, the chief of police said Monday.
Officer Ryan Molony, 33, is on paid administrative leave pending an interagency investigation into the shooting Monday in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park at 1400 Candlelight Drive, Chief Pete Kerns said.
Kerns said he could "not share" who fired first but said Molony exchanged gunfire with Mark Richard Jones, 31.
"He was displaying a firearm and appeared to be delusional," Kerns said of Jones. "We were told that he suffers from methamphetamine abuse and was probably in a state induced by that."
Jones was shot in the gun battle. He was taken to the hospital, where he is in critical condition, Kerns said.
The chief said he did not know whether Jones would survive his injuries.
The incident started at 3:17 p.m. when officers were dispatched to a call regarding an armed, menacing subject.
Molony, who joined the force in October 2004, encountered Jones, who was visitng a resident of the park.
More information about what happened will become public after the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team completes an investigation, as required under Oregon law.
Kerns said Molony will be on paid leave at least until he is interviewed by the IDFIT team, which police said would happen 48 hours after the shooting.
- KVAL News special report from February 2011: When Officers Fire
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