Bodycam Video Shows Suspect Pull Out Gun Before Getting Shot Outside School

Police in Oregon have released bodycam footage showing the "legally justified" killing of a suspect who pulled a gun on two officers outside a school.

Charles Frederick Landeros, 30, became embroiled in a heated dispute with Eugene Police officers Steve Timm, 50 and Aaron Johns, 45, at Cascade Middle School on January 11.

Officers responded to a custodial dispute in the school at roughly 10:27 a.m. "As officers were escorting the male from the school, he produced a firearm and a struggle ensued," the police report said. "During the struggle the subject was shot by police and is now deceased."

Revealing more context of the situation yesterday, Patricia Perlow, the Lane County District Attorney, noted that Landeros—an Army veteran—fired two shots at Timm. Perlow concluded the "use of deadly force was legally justified as self- defense and defense of others."

The shocking footage, released to media, was taken from Timm's body-worn camera. While footage was also obtained from John's device, his camera it fell off during the altercation, cops said.

According to Perlow, Landeros had enrolled his child at Cascade Middle School the week of the fatal shooting without informing the child's mother, who shared custody. The situation had escalated after the mother went to the school with custody paperwork to ask about the child.

Eugene Police officer Steve Timm, the resource officer at the school, received assistance from Johns after calling for additional help to deal with the incident. The DA's report said Landeros "became more agitated and animated" after being told he would have to leave the building.

At that point, Landeros' child "arrived in the hallway by coincidence," the report said. The father yelled at the child to "go" multiple times as he was removed and told he would be placed under arrest. There were students in the hallway and in a nearby classroom, the DA noted.

In the scuffle outside, now involving both officers, Landeros then drew a 9mm handgun from a holster on his hip and pointed it at Timm. Landeros was first to shoot, firing two rounds at the officer. In response, investigators said Timm killed Landeros with a direct shot to the temple.

Landeros' child was a witness to the struggle and the shootings, Perlow said. The suspect had additional ammunition on his belt, in his car and inside his backpack, cops found.

Landeros was honorably discharged from the Army after serving from 2006 to 2012. In the days before the incident, evidence suggested someone using the name Charlie Landeros had made a number of anti-police comments online. "Time to start killing pigs," one allegedly read.

Furthermore, the FBI received information via a tip line last year claiming someone called Charles Landeros had been posting "violent anti-government messages" on social media.

"It is unknown why Charles Landeros chose to use deadly force in this circumstance, but he clearly had no regard for the lives of the police officers or the students or staff present, including his child," Perlow's report on the investigation concluded.

"Officer Timm saved the life of officer Johns, himself and perhaps many others given the number of rounds Charles Landeros had loaded in his weapon," it continued. "There is no clearer circumstance that the use of deadly force is justified than this."

Charles Frederick Landeros, 30
Charles Frederick Landeros, 30, (pictured) became embroiled in a heated dispute with Eugene Police officers Steve Timm, 50 and Aaron Johns, 45, at Cascade Middle School on January 11. Lane County District Attorney/Eugene Police
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