EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – New details are emerging from a burglary-turned-shooting that happened in South Eugene February 2nd.
Tyler Norman was at his home on Stoney Ridge Road when two men allegedly tried to break in, first by getting Norman to let them in. According to the affidavit, Norman tried to shut the door but the men overpowered him. He obtained a gun from inside the house and shot at the suspects, Shawn Connelly and Darrin Dobouch, killing Connelly inside the house. Dobouch ran out of the house and was found in the woods about a quarter of a mile away.
According to the search warrant filed by Eugene Police, drugs were a likely motive.
Police interviewed Norman who admitted he was a recovering heroin addict. He said he no longer was involved with the scene but did occasionally act as a ‘middle man.’ Norman said he did not recognize Connelly or Dobouch but said they could have been in a car when he acted as a middle man for someone else.
Police then talked to Connelly’s girlfriend in jail. She told police Connelly had planned to steal drugs and money from Norman, a man he had bought a large amount of heroin in late January. According to her, Connelly had contacted Dobouch - a friend of his - who was willing to help carry out the robbery.
During an investigation that followed the initial burglary the evening of February 2nd, police found a wallet with ten $100 dollar bills in it and an ‘airsoft’ pellet gun stuffed into a bush.
Police are continuing their investigation seizing cell phones, computer files and other evidence related to the case or possible drug transactions.
Dobouch is lodged at the Lane County jail. Norman remains uncharged at this time.
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