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Pistol Used By Junction City Children
Pistol Used By Junction City Children
Junction City Children arrested for shooting 9mm pistol in residential neighborhood (Photo) - 06/01/19

On Thursday May 30, 2019 at approximately 11:26 A.M. the Junction City Police Department received multiple calls from citizens reporting hearing multiple gunshots in the area of Bailey Park, located at the intersection of S.W. Bryant and S.W. Kalmia Streets in Junction City, Oregon.  Bailey Park is located in a densely-populated residential area and is only four or so blocks southeast of the Junction City High School.  In addition, the very east-most boundary of the park abuts the Guaranty RV Travel and Van Center which is populated with many workers and customers.

While enroute to the area, officers observed three male children walking rapidly northbound through an alley which runs north and south between 5th and 6th Streets and is situated between Juniper and Kalmia Streets.

Upon getting the children stopped at 6th Street, which is a mere three blocks from the Junction City High school Campus, one of the juveniles had a noticeable bulge in the front pocket of the hoody-sweatshirt they were wearing; the bulge perfectly matched the outline of a pistol.  As officers approached and asked about what was in the pocket, the child began to reach into the pocket and had to be told to stop.  At that point officers recovered a full-size, loaded, Hi-Point brand 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Investigation revealed these three children, while standing at the southeast-most corner of Bailey Park had fired at least five (5) 9mm bullets directly eastward into the Guaranty property, and possibly southward toward the homes that were not more than 25-30 feet away from where they were standing.

All three children were found to have been drinking beer; two of the three were quite intoxicated, extremely belligerent, and uncooperative.  One of the three provided a false name to officers and stated they did not know what their mother’s name was.  Through further investigation officers determined two of the three children were responsible for firing all bullets and that the third was just a bystander, but did admit to having consumed alcohol and was also found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe with marijuana residue.

The two children that fired the weapon were charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Unlawful Use of A Firearm, and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.  In addition, the child that provided a false name was also charged with Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.  The third child was charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Marijuana.  All children were release to their respective parents.

Although the weapon was not entered into the computer system as stolen, police cannot determine how the child got possession of the firearm as the child continued to refuse to cooperate throughout the entire incident.

The police department wants to extend a sincere thanks to the alert citizens that heard the gunshots and immediately reported it to police.  It is important to note that due to their swift and decisive action to pick up their phones, these dangerous children were located, contained, and taken into custody within minutes of the call.  Their actions undoubtedly saved someone’s life.

Junction City - Lauren Elementary School Lock-down - 05/29/19


At Wednesday May 29, 2019 at about 1250 P.M. Junction City Police received an incomplete 911 call from a cell phone that was located, based upon a GPS signal, at Laurel Elementary School located at 1401 Laurel St, Junction City, OR.  The call lasted for only a short time and dispatchers were only able to hear kids screaming.  Dispatch was unable to determine if it was kids that were in actual trouble, or if it was play.

Attempts to call the phone back failed because the service for that device had been disconnected and thereby no number was available.  It should be noted that even when the service on a phone has been disconnected, the phone remains capable of dialing 911, which is exactly what happened in this case. 

Upon arrival officers were advised by school personnel that only minutes before the school staff had become aware of a very suspicious circumstance that had them concerned.  Based upon the totality of the circumstances the school was placed into lock-down mode.  This is an active investigation and the details and nature of the suspicious circumstances are currently under investigation and we are therefore unable to discuss any specific details.

The first three officers arriving on scene immediately entered the building and began a cursory search to identify any existing threats.

Upon arrival of cover officers from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lane County Parole and Probation Department secured the entire interior and exterior perimeter of the school and conducted a room-by-room search.

No threats were identified, no injuries were sustained, and all students, staff, and faculty were safe.  Of particular interest just hours before, the school had participated in an active-shooter mock exercise where the staff and students had actually practiced the safety skills that were used in this real incident.

Both the staff and the students need to be commended for doing an outstanding job.  The children remained entirely silent, were well-mannered, remained complete still as instructed, and clearly followed the directions of their teachers.  Likewise the teachers did a phenomenal job of properly executing the safety plan and procedures perfectly.  Had this been and actual life-threatening event, I am confident they stellar actions of school staff would have saved many lives.  They deserved to be commended and thanked.

In addition, we want to extend our appreciation to all of the officers who assisted from the outside agencies, as well as the staff of the Junction City Police Department Dispatch Team.  The collaborative and supportive working relationships enjoyed by all partner agencies is what makes our communities safe.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.