Investigation into deadly shooting outside Churchill HS complete

Investigation into deadly shooting outside Churchill HS complete
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EUGENE, Ore. - The investigation into a police traffic stop that turned deadly near a local high school last month is complete.

District Attorney Alex Gardner planned a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday on the police shooting Nov. 20 outside Churchill High School. The press conference was postponed due to the weather.

In Oregon, an Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is required by law to review any use of potentially deadly force by law enforcement officers.

It's the district attorney's job to review the investigation and determine whether or not an officer was justified in using deadly force.

Police identified the deceased in the Nov. 20 shooting as Christopher Lee Koziatek, 44, of Eugene.

Officer Aaron Johns, 40, stopped Koziatek as he rode a red Honda mini-bike down Bailey Hill Road.

Johns took a large knife and a hatchet off Koziatek's person before the man bolted towards Churchill High School, police said.

As Johns chased Koziatek, the officer called for emergency back-up and a lockdown of Churchill High School.

Johns caught Koziatek, who physically resisted and assaulted the officer, police said. Witnesses described seeing the two fighting or wrestling.

Koziatek, who was also armed with a handgun, was shot by Johns and died at the scene, police said.

The officer was evaluated at a local hospital and released with no serious physical injuries, police said.