Oregon man's rampage leaves 3 dead

2015-11-17 07:15


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Portland - An Oregon man attacked his parents before torching the home they all shared, stealing their SUV and intentionally running down pedestrians in a rampage that left three people dead, authorities said.

Michael J Bryant, 31, of Springfield, was arrested on Sunday in Eugene after a short pursuit and charged with murder, attempted murder and other crimes in the deaths of his father and two pedestrians, Springfield police Sergeant David Lewis said. Bryant does not yet have an attorney to speak on his behalf.

The chain of events started on Sunday afternoon when police responded to a report of an assault at the Springfield home where the unemployed Bryant lived with his parents. They found Bryant's seriously injured mother, Elizabeth Bryant, 62, outside the burning house.

She told police that she and her husband, Jefferson Bryant, 64, had been assaulted by their son and that he stole their SUV. Elizabeth Bryant was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

After the fire was extinguished, officers found the father's body and two dead dogs. Authorities are waiting to release how Jefferson Bryant died until after an autopsy, but Lewis said it was not from gunfire.

Police then learned that the stolen SUV was suspected of striking and killing a pedestrian, Richard Bates, 58, in a Springfield parking lot. Twenty minutes later, Eugene police responded to a report that a couple had been run down in a crosswalk by the same SUV.

Marc Sanford, 49, died in the crash, and his wife, Lorre Sanford, 48, was taken to a hospital. She was still in critical condition Monday but is expected to live, Lewis said.

Investigators so far believe that "all of the injuries to all of the victims were intentional acts", Lewis said.

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