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Affidavit: Drug deal prompted shooting.

Byline: Chelsea Deffenbacher The Register-Guard

The shooting outside the O Bar on Commons Drive in Eugene earlier this month apparently resulted from a cocaine-related deal gone wrong, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

Commons Drive runs through several apartment complexes just west of Interstate 5 and south of Randy Pap Beltline.

No one was injured in the shooting, in which between seven and 12 shots were fired and bullets hit at least two nearby apartments.

One of the shooters, an admitted cocaine dealer and addict, was trying to collect from another person on a drug-deal debt, and a dispute over the payment prompted the exchange of gunfire, according to the affidavit.

A passenger in one of two BMWs that exchanged gunfire Nov. 15 told a Eugene police detective that he witnessed but had nothing to do with the shooting. The passenger faces no charges.

The passenger told the detective he was in the "wrong place at the wrong time." He said he had asked one of the alleged shooters, Phillip Alan Stiggins, 34, for a ride from a medical appointment back to Sponsors, the Lane County transitional housing program that helps those recently released from county jail or prison. But Stiggins asked if his passenger would mind running a few errands with him first, and the passenger agreed, according to the affidavit.

One of those errands, according to the affidavit, was collecting drug money from the other shooter involved in the case, who has not yet been identified.

Stiggins, the only person charged so far in the case, declined to tell detectives the name of the other shooter, the affidavit states.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The passenger told detectives that when Stiggins picked him up, he had suggested they go get lunch first.

While at an unidentified restaurant, Stiggins allegedly received a phone call and then asked the passenger if he would mind going along to "meet a friend" on the way to Sponsors.

The passenger agreed, and the two drove to a home on Coburg Road. Stiggins got out of the car and went to the door where he spoke with a couple of men, the affidavit states. The passenger, waiting in the car, could see the men and a woman at the location in an argument, according to the affidavit. Stiggins went into the home and then emerged, telling his passenger that he needed to go meet someone in the O Bar parking lot to pick up some money, according to the affidavit.

At the bar, Stiggins allegedly backed the BMW into a spot by the bar's trash containers, and then got out and walked toward another backed-in BMW.

The passenger stayed in the vehicle, something Stiggins later confirmed to detectives, the affidavit states.

Stiggins, later interviewed by police, admitted to having gone to the Coburg Road house to "see a male who owed him money involving drugs," the affidavit states. The man told Stiggins to meet him at the O Bar to collect the money, but when the two met, the male gave Stiggins cocaine and cash for the debt owed, instead of just cash. The male "disrespected him," Stiggins told police, so Stiggins walked away from the BMW. As Stiggins walked away, the affidavit states, he heard a gunshot.

Stiggins said he yelled at the other BMW and went to his own vehicle and got a gun. The two BMWs then sped away, firing shots at each other. Stiggins' passenger said Stiggins fired two shots and then threw the gun from the car. The passenger showed the detective where the gun had been thrown.

Stiggins told police that he angled his gun into the air and "did not intend to hurt anyone but rather show he was not intimidated by the occupants of the other BMW and to not lose face in front of" his passenger, the affidavit states.

Stiggins and the other driver eventually went in different directions, and Stiggins was found by Springfield police in the area of First Street and Centennial Boulevard.

He was arrested for possession of cocaine, which was found by Springfield police during his arrest, as well as unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a weapon in relation to the shooting.

While speaking with Eugene police, Stiggins admitted he had more cocaine in his possession than Springfield police had found. He gave the officer a zippered pouch containing packages of cocaine, as well as cash that he admitted was drug money.

Stiggins told the officer that he sells cocaine and admitted to being an addict, using several grams of cocaine per day, the affidavit states. He told police that he has "been unable to beat his addiction" and had lost his mill job as a result.

Because Stiggins had confirmed the passenger had nothing to do with the incident, he was released from custody and given a ride back to Sponsors by police, the affidavit states.

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Title Annotation:Crime; One of the gunmen was an admitted cocaine dealer trying to collect a debt, police say
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 30, 2017
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