LANE COUNTY, Ore. (KMTR) -- Lane County’s Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) is investigating a fatal shooting after an Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT Team raid on a home in rural Lane County.
The shooting happened just before midnight on Thursday, May 31st, 2012. Oregon State Police were serving a search warrant at a home on Tenmile Creek Road in northwest Lane County, 7 miles east of Highway 101 and south of Yachats.
As the OSP SWAT team was conducting surveillance on the property, team members encountered an 18-year old male suspect, Samuel A. Mullane of Yachats, in the front driveway of the property.
“SWAT members encountered an armed subject in the driveway of this residence, a male armed with a rifle,” said Detective Sergeant Cliff Harrold of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Harrold is part of the team investigating the use of deadly force.
According to OSP, three OSP SWAT members fired at least one round each at Mullane. Mullane was pronounced dead from his injuries on scene.
The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is now investigating the use of force in the shooting. Three OSP SWAT members who fired the shots are now on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. Per Oregon law, every time an officer is involved in an incident where there is a use of deadly force, the shooting is investigated by an interagency team.
“It's a multi-agency effort to make sure that do a good through investigation of a use of force so that the district attorney has that to review,” says Sgt. Harrold.
The investigation will proceed in two directions. First, the use of deadly force and evidence related to it on the scene.
IDFIT team members spent Friday afternoon, June 1st, 2012, combing the scene for evidence.
“The metal detector that you're seeing there searching for, well any metal evidence but specifically shell casings,” said Sgt. Harrold.
Some Eugene Police officers are also assisting in the investigation as part of the IDFIT team. Friday, EPD used surveying equipment to reconstruct the scene of the shooting.
The second direction of the investigation is with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
“State Police SWAT team was out here assisting the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with service of a search warrant,” says Sgt. Harrold.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office originally called for the SWAT raid in relation to an assault investigation. The assault allegedly happened in mid-May 2012 in Yachats. Deputies say on May 10th, 2012, a 46-year old female was menaced with a handgun by 54-year old Julie Hubney of Yachats.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies say the victim was then beaten by two male suspects: 27-year old Matthew Hubney of Yachats and 25-year old Justin Wood of Yachats.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested both Julie Hubney on May 12th, 2012, after a SWAT raid on her home. The most recent SWAT raid came after deputies learned Matthew Hubney, Justin Wood and a person of interest were inside the home on Tenmile Creek Road.
Matthew Hubney was taken in to custody along with another person after the May 31st, 2012 SWAT raid.
Wood's whereabouts are still unknown.
Oregon State Police are still looking for 25-year old Justin Wood (pictured below):
If you see him, call police or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 541-265-4231.
Results from the deadly force investigation will come from the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.