VIDEO: Man Tries To Murder Officers At School, Gets Stopped With Headshot

Charles Landeros fired two rounds as he fought with police outside an Oregon middle school on Jan. 11.

Eugene, OR – The Lane County District Attorney’s Office has released bodycam footage that captured the moment an irate parent tried to murder two Eugene school resource officers as he was being led out of a middle school during a child custody dispute (video below).

Anti-police activist Charles Landeros, 30, was fatally shot by one of the officers during the physical altercation that ensued in front of the school, The Register-Guard reported.

“There is no clearer circumstance that the use of deadly force is justified than this,” Lane County District Attorney Patricia Perlow said in a statement on Thursday, according to KOIN.

Landeros, who had enrolled his daughter at Cascade Middle School one week prior to the altercation, went to the school after he learned that his ex-wife had been there earlier to show administrators her divorce and child custody paperwork, KOIN reported.

She said that Landeros had enrolled their child at the school without her permission, so the school contacted him and asked him to come talk to them about the situation, NBC News reported.

School officials also told Eugene Police School Resource Officer Steve Timm that Landeros would be stopping by, and they asked for his assistance.

Because of the potential volatility of the custody dispute, Officer Timm contacted Eugene Police Officer Aaron Johns, and asked for him to come to the school to assist him.

Officer Johns is also a school resource officer, The Register-Guard reported.

Landeros arrived at the school at approximately 10:30 a.m., wearing a shirt that read, ‘SMASH THE PATRIARCHY AND CHILL,’ and engaged in a “respectful” conversation with Officer Timm, Perlow said.

He ultimately left the office, but stayed in the foyer area just inside the doorway, and began to voice his disagreement with the situation, bodycam footage showed.

“The police do not have jurisdiction over here,” Landeros informed Officer Timm. “If the principal has not asked me to leave…”

Landeros’ daughter then happened to walk into the hallway by coincidence, Perlow said.

“Go! Go! Go!” Landeros yelled to her, as Officer Johns escorted him out the school doors.

Officer Timms advised him that he was under arrest, as Officer Johns pressed him against a wall.

“Let go of me!” Landeros screamed at them.

The irate man then pulled out a 9mm pistol as he and Officer Johns tumbled to the ground.

The suspect fired two rounds, at which time Officer Timm fired one, hitting Landeros in his temple, KOIN reported.

Landeros’ daughter witnessed the struggle, as well as her father’s death, Perlow said.

"Officer Timm recognized that the situation was dangerous and needed to be controlled,” the prosecutor told KOIN. “Both [officers] were in fear of their own death or the death of other bystanders or students in the area. Officer Johns said he knew that if he let go of Landeros’ hand in the struggle, they were going to be killed.”

Landeros’ loaded weapon contained an extended magazine, which allowed him to carry 21 rounds, including one in the chamber, The Register-Guard reported.

He had a second magazine on his belt, and was carrying a backpack that contained more ammunition of a different caliber, Perlow said.

“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,” she told KOIN.

“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,” she added.

Officer Timm, 50, has been with the Eugene Police Department for 15 years, while officer Johns, 45, has served the agency for 18 years.

Landeros’ family said they plan to hire experts to carry out an independent investigation into the shooting, and said they are worried that the police may not handle the investigation appropriately because of Landeros’ race, The Register-Guard reported.

(Editor's Note: Landeros reportedly preferred the non-gender-specific pronouns of "them" and "they." His associates' attempts to use these words resulted in a gross abuse of the English language by taking plural words and using them to refer to an individual. Uses of these pronouns have been replaced with male pronouns for clarity purposes only.)

“People of color are disproportionately the victims of police violence,” the family said in a statement through their attorney, Lauren Regan. “We know that Charlie, as an activist against police brutality and a descendant of Mexican and Filipino parents, was aware of this.”

“We do not know…what was going through Charlie’s mind when [he was] shoved out of the door in front of [his] child and pinned to the wall,” the statement continued. “We also do not know why Officer Timm felt the need to aggressively shove Charlie through the door and against the wall…”

“My love for Charlie is forever,” his brother, Joseph, wrote in the statement. “I just want [him] back. This never should have happened.”

According to Perlow, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received a tip in 2018 regarding some anti-government social media posts Landeros was making, but there was not enough information to substantiate any criminal charges at that time.

About an hour before the altercation at the middle school, Landeros allegedly commented, “Death to all pigs” in response to a Springfield Police Department Facebook post regarding an officer who was fatally shot.

He was also the founder of Community Armed Self-Defense, which focused on providing firearms training to the LGBTQ community and people of color, The Register-Guard reported.

Landeros served in the U.S. Army for six years as a crew chief and helicopter mechanic, and was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, his friend and his ex-wife told the paper.

He was honorably discharged from the military in 2012.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Landeros in the video below:

Comments (91)
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Fotoman
Fotoman

God bless our men and ladies in blue. My thoughts.... One less evil person in the world

JohnWick
JohnWick

I see the editors note indicate they have kneeled before the pc god.

crater0611
crater0611

Playing the race card after stating, ignorantly, that they didn’t know what was going through his mind despite bag full of ammo. Nice...👍

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Once he pulled the gun out all bets were off...

JohnP
JohnP

Sounds like the whole family has mental health issues.

Katarina
Katarina

The background of that entire family should be looked at very carefully. ANYone would have been treated the same for their actions regardless of race. What gives anyone the notion that the pigment of one's skin excuses them from following civil behavior and the laws of society?

JBo
JBo

It's a shame the daughter had to witness this. The father should have taken his arguments back to court if he was unhappy rather than pulling a gun and starting to shoot. Easy to see why he lost custody.

Good thing there were SROs in the school.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

He went ARMED to the teeth for a meeting that he though would only include the Principal, THAT'S ALL WE NEED TO KNOW.

Janken
Janken

How crazy can you get. I hate to think about his daughter but you don't pull a gun. These idiots think fighting with a police officer is smart

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

What an idiot...he put himself in that position. His daughter is the victim.

fuzzy-ma
fuzzy-ma

Another on of those families playing the race card also, with the "He was good man and did nothing wrong." Looking for the BIG Payday..

Untwin34
Untwin34

Oh wait, isnt that against the law? Gun free zone, extended magazine? Extra clips? Didn't he read the signs? Wow

BLSupporter
BLSupporter

Let me see if I have this straight.......a man who should not have enrolled his daughter at this school shows up, armed to the teeth. He refuses to leave the premises when ordered to do so, then pulls a gun on a POLICE OFFICER. Yet, the officer has the audacity to use his weapon on said suspect. How unreasonable. NOT!

LEO0301
LEO0301

And some idiots, AKA politician, want to disarm SRO's.

Molon Labe 1789
Molon Labe 1789

Anouther POS got what was coming to him the family of this idiot blames the officer's for not only protecting they're lives but the lives of others who knows what that nut job would have done one less POS the community has to worrie about

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

You pull a gun on an officer and you get shot, your problem. I'm just sorry the daughter was witness to her fathers actions and death. No kid needs to see that. I'm thankful the officers are all ok. It sounded like a lot of shots fired. Luckily no one else was hurt

djaznh
djaznh

IF the family members are reading me, your guy made an horrible and stupid choice that might have killed this child and others. To see this any other way, just shows me who raised him - idiots.

Irishmexicangirl
Irishmexicangirl

Family of idiots that are looking for the ghetto lottery payment. Now we all know why he lost custody...

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Hilarious! This idiot, wanting to exercise his patriarchal authority, wore a shirt which read: "Smash the patriarchy and chill."

Barmanbob
Barmanbob

His family wants to know what was going through his head at the time? I'M going to take a wild guess and say "bullet".

Consitter68
Consitter68

Great job officers! Dont have to waste taxpayers money on this pos. And as usual, family says "didn't do nuffin" screw you family, your wonderful pos brought a loaded gun and enough ammo to take out lots of people and youre more worried about youre pos son, how about your supposed grandchild that witnessed it, who cares about them right, all they see is dollar signs. Good luck with that crap, you'll lose. Glad the officers had cameras to show your pos son, was just that, a pos. Play stupid games, win a bullet to your head!! Bye bye!

willhunt22
willhunt22

His right hand, in his coat pocket the entire time, was holding onto the weapon. Very fortunate officers and others in the area.

Dre101
Dre101

The family playing the race card. Saying “they shot him because he was of colour”. They don’t know what to come up with so they use that. What a total bunch of idiots to be honest.

crazykatz
crazykatz

So glad the POS is gone.

M4D
M4D

Always playing the race card. It's getting old. Do the crime, do the time.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Family said “we don’t know what was going through Charlie’s mind” I think it was a 9mm.

16schjam
16schjam

Now is the cops okay

DK9162
DK9162

They shot him because he was “of color”??? How could the officers possibly have known he was was of Filipino and Mexican descent?? No, they shot him because he pulled a gun and tried to shoot them. Plain and simple.

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

Apparently, he didn't see the "No weapons allowed" sign.

JustanotherLAC
JustanotherLAC

This story can't be real.. Everyone knows that schools have signs that say "No weapons of any kind". That sign is very powerful according to our politicians. So how could he have snuck past that sign with a gun and ammo?? Cmon people, it couldn't have happened.. Duh...... And another thing, I'm pretty sure a school shooting was prevented, The principle should be taking those officers out to dinner.. 😁

Marxest
Marxest

It's a sad situation all around. Child custody issues are very intense and are the root of many violent outbursts. That doesn't justify what Mr Landeros did, but some people could partly empathize with him. (Once again I'm shocked by the lack of empathy) My prayers and thoughts are with Mr Landeros' daughter (her father was killed a few feet away) and the officers who took his life while on duty. I'm sure they never wanted it to go down like that. Horrible situation. That poor little girl, things will be the hardest for her.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

"(Editor's Note: Landeros reportedly preferred the non-gender-specific pronouns of "them" and "they." His associates' attempts to use these words resulted in a gross abuse of the English language by taking plural words and using them to refer to an individual.)"

My brain is splattered all over the ceiling.

61mouse
61mouse

If he didn't expect to use the gun then why bring it and with extra firing power

Grog
Grog

There was nothing graphic at all in the video! Another psycho eliminated.

HalM
HalM

Oh, geez! Here we go with the "Race Card" again! When you Pull a GUN, and attempt to use it on another Person,.... you BEST EXPECT that YOU Will Be Shot as a result! Go ahead, HIRE an attorney, by all means! But it won't do any good when it is found that leathal force Was Justified!

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

the family is going to use a "race" card.... In wondering which race they will attach him too... if he is ANYTHING BUT WHITE....its not apparent to a stranger, or LEO, he's white AF. and their race card shit should be responded to with a lawsuit from the LE agency.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

The LEOs should start suing the families of jackasses like him...at least the LEO has a legitimate claim.... and it may slow down these fake "race got me shot " lawsuits.

Stanracer
Stanracer

So another anti-police activist nutjob pulls a gun on the police and gets shot. Stupid is as stupid does.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

“People of color are disproportionately the victims of police violence,”

Now that's some bullshit right there. Pulling a gun out and shooting at two cops, and the family felt he did no wrong it sounds like. WTF is wrong with some people?

MDA811
MDA811

Wow. Good job LEOs!!! This guy flipped his lid fast!!

JSutter
JSutter

No wonder there was child custody paperwork from a Judge notifying both school and law enforcement that this little girl needs to be protected from dad. No wonder the school recognized dad might become violent. No wonder the assigned SRO recognized the need for another SRO to stand by. I have to wonder what else the little girl saw her father do? And what else happened, that forced the mother to seek protection for her daughter from the father? That father did all this, in an elementary school, during school hours, with all those little kids present......... What else has he done? Our prayers up for the family, at least they have an end to his actions, and hope for peace in the future.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good grief here we go again another race issue. These officer did what they had to do THEIR JOB. The hell with this loser. How many people go around with this kind of ammo. He was looking for trouble.

Shooter218
Shooter218

Oh please, that dude is as white as I am. Give me a break with this person of color bullshit.

Krsmith2
Krsmith2

Thug lottery continues..

artw4545
artw4545

So why was he armed in a gun free zone to begin with? And do I see a pattern of all most every one of these start with not doing what the officer tells them to do?

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Pull a gun on a cop and you stand a chance to get shot and possibly killed regardless of what race / color you are. Dumbass thug carrying gun and much ammo. No future problems from this liberal moron. He took the room temperature test and failed. Mom & Dad get a grip, you raised an asshole who pulled a gun on a cop!

magnumforc
magnumforc

If this had gone more sideways on the officers the family would be saying Landeros didn't do nuffin. So glad the officers were not injured and the courts have one less felony case to adjudicate.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Any excuse to justify the wrong a person has done to justify his termination. One less court case to clog the dockets.

LynnSB
LynnSB

I'm tired of hearing all this Bull Shit about LGBTQ -- blah blah blah -- he had a PROBLEM -- and thought he could just walk around were ever he wanted (this is a SCHOOL filled with CHILDREN) what was he there for with MULTIPLE rounds and a GUN ?? so now the Family is hiring a Attorney (SCUM that would take this case) a now try to win the Scum Bag BS Lottery ~ He got just what was coming to him ~~ Very Happy the Officers involved are ok !! God Bless our Police !!

Senorloco
Senorloco

What kind of psycho packs that kind of firepower into his kid's school? I'm glad those cops were there to take him out.