Officer Involved Shooting in Lane County
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 1:45p.m.
From: Patty Perlow, Lane County District Attorney
RE: Officer Involved Shooting, November 30, 2020
On November 30, 2020, the Lane Inter-Agency Deadly Force
Investigative Team (IDFIT) was called out to investigate the use of
deadly force by two Eugene Police officers. On December 11, 2020,
that investigation was turned over to me for review. A summary of the
facts is outlined below.
On November 30, 2020, at approximately 10:21 a.m., Eugene Police
received a report from a Lane County Deputy District Attorney (DDA)
that a victim had contacted him via text and reported “He beat me up.
He’s here.” The DDA reported the message was from a recent victim
from a previous violation of a Pennsylvania Restraining Order against
Muhsin Sharif. The DDA reported he had not heard from the victim in
approximately 10 minutes and believed she was in an active dispute
and unable to use her phone. EPD officers located the address of the
victim and made contact. The victim reported Sharif had just left her
residence. She stated Sharif may be armed with a knife, had made
statements about fighting the police and potentially killing himself if the
police were involved. The victim provided a physical description of
Sharif as a 26-year-old mixed race adult, approximately 6’01 tall with an
athletic build wearing a gray sweater, white shirt and green beanie.
During the conversation with the victim, EPD officers developed
probable cause to believe Sharif had again violated his restraining
order and committed the crimes of Assault and Strangulation
constituting domestic violence while their minor child was present.
Oregon law provides for mandatory arrest of a suspect under these
At approximately 11:57 a.m., Eugene Police Patrol units and plain
clothes officers located Sharif in the Washington/Jefferson Park and
established surveillance there. At approximately 12:01 pm, Eugene
Police officers attempted to contact Sharif in the park and he fled on
foot. The foot pursuit tracked westbound along 1st , south then west
in the Jefferson Alley, south on Madison and then eastbound into the
ally between Builder’s Electric and Oakshire Brewery. During the foot
pursuit, Eugene Police personnel observed Sharif was armed with a
knife as he ran and heard him yelling “I will kill you” repeatedly as he
ran. Officers pursued him with lights, sirens and loud speakers. One
officer on recording is heard yelling, “Stop, drop the knife.”
After entering the alley between Oakshire Brewery and Builder’s
Electric, Sharif ran toward the southeast corner of a parking lot behind
Oakshire. Within seconds of running into the parking area, Sharif
quickly turned around before advancing toward the first Eugene Police
officer that had entered the alley behind him. Officer Ryan Trullinger,
who has been with EPD for four and a half years, observed the parking
lot was enclosed, came to a stop in the alleyway several yards from
Sharif and began to give him commands to “Stop” and to “Drop the
Knife” as Sharif advanced quickly toward him. There was a clear path
out of the alley to the passenger side of Officer Trullinger’s patrol
Sharif ignored Officer Trullinger’s commands and quickly advanced
toward the driver’s side of Officer Trullinger’s patrol vehicle. Sharif had
the knife raised in his right hand and was yelling at Officer Trullinger.
When Sharif reached the front driver’s corner of the patrol vehicle he
accelerated toward Officer Trullinger as Officer Trullinger retreated,
circling the rear of his vehicle. As Sharif cleared the rear corner of the
patrol vehicle, Officer Trullinger fired his Glock 9 mm pistol four times
while accelerating his retreat. Officer Trullinger later stated in his
interview that he feared Sharif was going to stab him or someone else,
and was in fear for his life. Officer Trullinger said he stopped shooting
when Sharif fell to the ground as he perceived the threat was over.
Within seconds of Officer Trullinger entering the alleyway, Eugene
Police Officer Bo Rankin, who has been with EPD for fourteen years,
entered the alleyway and was coming to a stop when he observed
Sharif appear from the front driver’s side area of Officer Trullinger’s
patrol vehicle. As Officer Rankin exited his patrol vehicle, without
having put the vehicle in park, he observed Sharif advancing quickly
toward him with the knife raised and said in his interview he feared he
or another officer would be stabbed. Officer Rankin fired his Glock 9
mm pistol four times, nearly simultaneously with Officer Trullinger.
Officer Rankin stopped shooting when Sharif fell to the ground.
Sharif was struck two times, once in the upper left chest and once in
his left hip. Sharif fell to the ground facedown with his head pointed
towards the west. Officer Rankin’s patrol vehicle was rolling and
stopped with the front bumper area above Sharif’s head and shoulders,
but the vehicle did not roll on him.
Sharif was lying on his stomach still refusing to drop the knife. For
several seconds Eugene Police Officers directed him to drop the knife
stating they wanted to administer first aid but could not until he
complied. Sharif said he couldn’t drop the knife, though his right hand
was unencumbered, and that officers should take it from him. EPD
Officer Alex Swindling deployed his Tazer to Sharif which caused him
to drop the knife. Immediately after Sharif was no longer a threat,
Medics were called into the scene while Eugene Police Officers Matt
Pizzola, Kristen Cardwell, and Naivasha Tester began emergency first
aide to stop Sharif’s bleeding. Sharif was then transported to
Riverbend Emergency Room by Emergency Medical Personnel.
The following is a summary timeline. Times are approximate, taken
directly from CAD:
• At 10:24:33 DDA reports receiving a text message from victim stating,
“He beat me up. He’s here.”
• At 10:33:07 Victim’s cell phone is pinged to determine her location.
• At 10:48:26 Victim reports her actual location via DDA.
• At 10:58:33 Victim is asked to meet responding officers at the door to
• At 11:01:48 Pennsylvania Restraining Order confirmed and sent to EPD
• At 11:10:20 EPD Patrol units meet up with victim.
• At 11:55:05 EPD Patrols are advised PC exists for Strangulation
involving Abuse Prevention Act (APA) factors and a Violation of the
Restraining Order (VRO.)
• At 11:56:31 Sharif is tracked to Washington Jefferson Park.
• At 11:58:48 Sharif is located in Washington Jefferson Park.
• At 12:01:47 Sharif runs from EPD units at Washington Jefferson Park.
• At 12:03:22 officers on scene reported “Shots fired” “Medics Code 3”
“Suspect Down” “Officers ok”
• At 12:03:52 officers reported Sharif was in custody with wounds to his
• At 12:04:54 officers reported first aid and Sharif was conscious.
• At 12:06:47 officers reported second bullet hole in left hip and
administering first aid.
• At 12:09:08 Medics arrived at the scene.
• At 12:14:07 (approximately) Medics departed with Sharif to Riverbend
Investigators from the Lane County Interagency Deadly Force
Investigation Team (IDFIT) responded to the scene and took over the
use of deadly force incident investigation. Detectives from Oregon
State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police
Department and Florence Police Department all participated in the
investigation, led by OSP Detective Dusty Sprague.
These events are captured on multiple videos. Because there are
pending criminal charges against Muhsin Sharif, to protect his trial
rights, only video of the actual use of force is being released at this
time. The first video is from Officer Trullinger’s body worn camera.
The second video is from Officer Rankin’s in-car video.
Based upon the interviews of the eye and ear witnesses, and the video
evidence, the use of deadly force by Officers Trullinger and Rankin was
a lawful response to the use of deadly force by Muhsin Sharif against
the officers. Sharif was closing in on Officer Trullinger with the knife
raised when both officers fired their weapons.
Both officers were uninjured and Mr. Sharif survived his wounds.
Questions regarding the involved officers should be directed to Chief
Skinner or Melinda McLaughlin. Questions regarding Muhsin Sharif
should be directed to his attorney, Brian Michaels.
Link to video of body-worn cameras:https://vimeo.com/491365864