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Eugene police shot an armed man after he allegedly broke into a house and stabbed an occupant to death early Saturday morning, according to a press release from the Eugene Police department.

David Justo Duran, 32, is the suspect in the case, the Register-Guard reports. Duran was released from prison on June 22, after serving a three-year sentence for probation violations following a First Degree Burglary and Menacing conviction in 2015, according to Lane County Circuit Court and Oregon Department of Corrections records.

Police confirmed the victim’s name is 36-year-old Eugene resident Donald Bruce Rivers.

At approximately 4:29 a.m., Eugene Police reportedly received a call that a man was trying to break into Rivers’ house near W 13th Avenue and Washington Street. Rivers confronted the intruder and was subsequently stabbed in the neck and throat.

Police quickly responded to the scene and began looking for the suspect who had escaped on foot.

The police eventually located Duran in the backyard of 546 W 13 Ave. He was armed with a knife. After attempting to resolve the situation with tasers, police fired shots and hit Duran.

Following the incident, Duran was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his wounds. The victim was also taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries that occurred during the stabbing.

“This was a dangerous, rapidly evolving situation with a violent suspect,” said Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner. “All indications are that officers gave the suspect every opportunity to comply, including the use of a taser, and then were faced with the difficult but necessary decision to use deadly force.”

Roads were temporally closed near the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Jefferson, Polk and Washington. Police had asked travelers to avoid those areas.

This story is developing and will be updated when new information becomes available.

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