Man fatally shot by Eugene, Ore., police identified; reportedly Afghanistan veteran

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EUGENE, Oregon — The police chief in Eugene, Oregon, says a 49-year-old man killed by a police officer earlier this week was shot after he came to the front door of his residence and pointed a rifle at an officer.

Police Chief Pete Kerns identified the man killed Monday as Brian Babb. The chief told a news conference Wednesday that officers were dispatched to the home after a 911 call from a therapist who said Babb was emotionally distressed and suicidal and had fired a shot inside the home. No one was hurt by that shot.

Babb's roommate safely left the house after police arrived.

The police response included some officers in an armored vehicle. The chief says Babb was only visible to the officer standing up through the armored vehicle's hatch and that officer fired one shot. He is on leave while the investigation proceeds and has not yet been identified.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports (http://is.gd/lPBcRD ) that Babb was an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2006.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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