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Police kill armed man at Oregon school amid custody dispute

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Eugene police secure the scene in front of Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., Friday Jan. 11, 2019, after an officer involved shooting. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police shot and killed a man who showed up Friday with a gun at an Oregon middle school amid a custody dispute, authorities said. No one else was injured.

The man had been escorted from Cascade Middle School in Eugene when he began struggling and pulled a gun, police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters. She initially said the shooting was inside the school.

Students were locked in classrooms, and the school was locked down for nearly four hours.

By Friday afternoon, officers were escorting small groups of children to a nearby church where parents had gathered.

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the school's main parking lot and a yellow tarp covered the suspect's body just a few feet from an entrance. His name was not immediately released.

"No students were harmed whatsoever. All the students are safe," Bills said.

Parent Stephanie Martin waited for her two children at the church in Eugene, the home of the University of Oregon about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Portland.

She said her son, a sixth-grader, called her to say he and his sister, a seventh-grader, were OK.

"The kids are all safe, that's all we know. But that's all I care about," Martin said. "It's crazy, the world is crazy."

Andrew Ramos-Aguirre, a sixth-grader at the school, said that when word of the shooting spread, his physical education classroom quickly followed a drill they had practiced.

"We had to lock down the room, we had to be really quiet, no movement," Ramos-Aguirre said after he was reunited with his mother, who teared up as she heard her son's account.

"I felt afraid and nervous because there was an intruder at my school," the boy said.

The area saw one of the first school shootings to seize the national spotlight.

More than 20 years ago, then 15-year-old Kip Kinkel killed his parents before fatally shooting two students and wounding 26 others at Thurston High School in nearby Springfield. Kinkel remains in prison.

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Flaccus reported from Portland.

Eugene Police officers escort children from Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., following an officer-involved shooting outside the school Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait to be reunited with their children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters at Cascade Middle School. The district said in the statement that students would be released at 3 p.m. through the school's side exits and should be picked up at nearby St. Mark's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait outside St. Mark's Catholic Church to be reunited with their middle school children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at nearby Cascade Middle School but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Police officers work the scene where a suspect was shot at a Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene police officers and teachers escort students at Cascade Middle School to be reunited with their waiting parents outside St. Mark's Catholic Church in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Eugene Police Sgt. Ryan Molony, center, talks to parents outside Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore. after a shooting, Friday Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school, but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene police officers and teachers escort students at Cascade Middle School to be reunited with their waiting parents outside St. Mark's Catholic Church in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Eugene police officers and teachers escort students at Cascade Middle School to be reunited with their waiting parents outside St. Mark's Catholic Church in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Eugene police secure the scene in front of Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., Friday Jan. 11, 2019, after an officer involved shooting. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene police secure the scene in front of Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., Friday Jan. 11, 2019, after an officer involved shooting. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait to be reunited with their children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters at Cascade Middle School. The district said in the statement that students would be released at 3 p.m. through the school's side exits and should be picked up at nearby St. Mark's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait to be reunited with their children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters at Cascade Middle School. The district said in the statement that students would be released at 3 p.m. through the school's side exits and should be picked up at nearby St. Mark's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Eugene Police officers escort children from Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., following an officer-involved shooting outside the school Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene Police officers escort children from Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore., following an officer-involved shooting outside the school Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Police officers work the scene where a suspect was shot at a Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Police officers work the scene where a suspect was shot at a Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters that the incident began with a dispute outside the school. It wasn't clear who was involved and no further details were released. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene Police Sgt. Ryan Molony, center, talks to parents outside Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore. after a shooting, Friday Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school, but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Eugene Police Sgt. Ryan Molony, center, talks to parents outside Cascade Middle School in Eugene, Ore. after a shooting, Friday Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at an Oregon middle school, but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait outside St. Mark's Catholic Church to be reunited with their middle school children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at nearby Cascade Middle School but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Parents of students at Cascade Middle School wait outside St. Mark's Catholic Church to be reunited with their middle school children in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A suspect was shot Friday at nearby Cascade Middle School but no students or teachers were hurt, police said. Students were locked in classrooms and no one was being allowed into the building during the lockdown, Eugene police Lt. Jennifer Bills told reporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)