Junction City, Ore. – On Saturday April 2, 2022, at approximately 2:09 PM, the Junction City Police Department received a call from an unknown male stating he just murdered his mother and two younger brothers.
The subject stated he was barricaded in his bedroom, was armed with multiple weapons, was not going to go to jail, and indicated he wanted to die. The caller then disconnected. Attempts to recontact the person were unsuccessful. Junction City Police arrived and contained the perimeter of the house by about 2:15 PM.
Assistance was requested from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police to secure the home and surrounding area. All responding agencies were prepared to deal with a very violent and tragic situation. While awaiting the arrival of assistance, Junction City Police was able to determine the residence in question was owned by the person of the same name provided by the caller.
Junction City Police was able to make phone contact with the property owner who was not home at the time. Based upon additional information obtained during that call, Junction City Police made an initial determination that the incident was most likely a hoax, or what is now commonly referred to as a “swatting.”
Unfortunately, while the incident was most likely false, officer and citizen safety mandated the approach to the incident be treated as it was reported. With the owner’s permission, officers from all three agencies entered and searched the house. Thankfully a short time later officers confirmed the incident was false.
This type of activity is incredibly dangerous for the public and police officers alike and could ultimately result in the serious injury and/or death of innocent people. Investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.
(Information directly from Junction City Police Department)