Police find man dead at burning North Eugene home

Police find man dead at burning North Eugene home »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- A 27-year-old man was found dead Saturday morning when firefighters responded to reports of a fire and gunshots at a North Eugene home.

Neighbors called police with reports of gunshots coming from a house on Woodside Drive at around 6:45 a.m. Saturday. Fire and police arrived to find Tyler Wayne Alexander, 27, of Springfield, dead at the house.

"Whenever there's a call that involves a fire with shots fired, those are two pieces of information that elevate the police response," said Eugene Police Spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said that fire crews put the fire out, and arson investigators started working with the Eugene Police Violent Crimes and Forensic Evidence units to determine what had happened.

The medical examiner later found that Alexander died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eugene Police said Taylor was briefly acquainted with someone living at the house, but didn't live at the residence.

Police said they quickly secured the scene and canceled plans to send out a Community Emergency Notification System to people living in the area.

Police usually send a Community Emergency Notification System to people in the area, describing why they have officers in their area. Eugene Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said the scene was secured Saturday morning before they had the chance to activate the system.

“Police officers had also been going door-to-door during the incident and also afterwards so the CENS notification became unnecessary,” said McLaughlin.

She adds the alert is important for people to know what's going on in their area. 

All landlines are already registered for the CENS messages. Cell phone users can also subscribe to the alerts on the Eugene Police website.