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2 bodies found in burned house.

Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

A spate of early summer violence in Lane County continued Saturday in west Eugene, where two people were found dead inside a home that had been torched in what witnesses described as an apparent murder-suicide.

Police were called to investigate reports of gunshots and a house fire in the 4700 block of Teralee Lane shortly after 2:30 a.m. After the fire was extinguished, officers found the bodies of two people in the house.

Several neighborhood residents said a man shot and killed his girlfriend at the home, set fire to the residence and then turned the gun on himself.

"It's just tragic," said Cindy Manewal, who lives next door to the home that was gutted by fire. She said five children were inside the victim's house when the man began firing gunshots.

Police on Saturday did not confirm the neighbor's reports, declined to make any department officials available for interviews during the ongoing investigation, and said they would not publicly identify the victims until their families had been notified of the deaths.

Teresa Hanavan shook her head as she walked away from the burned house, which she said is a rental property that her parents own.

"This is a bad, bad deal," Hanavan said.

According to a police dispatch log entry, officers had been to the home on Friday evening, about eight hours before the fire. They were called to the residence to investigate a reported dispute, and one person was subsequently arrested, the log entry indicates.

Lane County Jail records show that a man named George Patrick Santos was lodged on a misdemeanor harassment charge in connection with the case. He was released from jail on bail at 10:34 p.m., according to the records.

Manewal said her roommate had picked up the man she knew as "Patrick" from jail late Friday night and brought him back to the neighborhood. She said the man had been arrested for pushing the woman who was later shot, and that he armed himself and became enraged after returning to Teralee Lane.

Manewal said the children who had been at the victim's home ran to her house after the shots were fired. She said that she kept the youngsters safe until police arrived and secured the scene.

"My job was to keep those babies down and out of harm's way," she said.

A neighbor who declined to identify himself provided The Register-Guard with cellphone video footage of the fire. Both he and Manewal said Manewal's roommate had tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose before police and firefighters reached the area. Police officers tackled Manewal's roommate before realizing that he wasn't involved in the shooting, witnesses said.

Police said the cause and manner of death for the two people whose bodies were found inside the burned home will be determined by a county medical examiner.

If confirmed as a homicide-suicide, the Teralee incident would be the latest in a series of killings that local police have investigated in recent weeks.

The previous cases all arose in Springfield, beginning with the June 25 murder arrest of Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, who was charged with slaying his parents and then hiding their bodies in a chest-style freezer at the family's home off Game Farm Road. Ringquist, 38, committed suicide a few days later in his jail cell, police said.

On July 3, Springfield apartment manager Shawn Newell, 39, was shot and killed by a 71-year-old tenant who was about to be evicted. The tenant, Ronald F. Cottle, fatally shot himself after slaying Newell, according to police reports.

Springfield police on Thursday arrested a man in connection with the alleged murder of 23-year-old Sarah Ann Coleman, who was found dead in her home on Tuesday. The suspect, Kyle Dean Pfaff, was arraigned Friday on charges of aggravated murder and burglary.

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 12, 2015
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