Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Location: 474 Broadway Street
Case Number: 21-3692
Date/Time: May 30th, 2021 @ 2107 hrs.
On May 30th, 2021 at 9:07 p.m. officers with the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to 474 Broadway in Springfield regarding a disturbance in the neighborhood. Officers located the person, later identified as Alexander Konnoff, and attempted to take him into custody. Konnoff was uncooperative and a physical fight ensued between Konnoff and officers, and subsequently an officer involved shooting occurred. Konnoff was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Involved officers were treated for minor injuries.
The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) responded and resumed primary investigative role for the use of force immediately following the incident. As noted by the Lane County District Attorney Perlow, Konnoff has been charged with a number of crimes for his conduct on May 30th, including Disorderly Conduct in the second degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Use of Stun Gun/Tear Gas/Mace in the first degree, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Attempted Assault in the first degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
The Springfield Police Department places its highest value on the preservation of human life and understands the seriousness of an Officer Involved Critical Incident. The Springfield Police Department is conducting an administrative investigation, separate of the criminal investigation conducted by IDFIT.
The administrative investigation will include the appointment of a Force Review Committee. The Committee shall determine findings of fact as to the circumstances surrounding the use of force. They will consider the reasonableness of the officer’s actions in accordance with law and the guidelines of this policy. The primary goals of the Committee are to thoroughly examine use of force incidents to identify areas for improvement in training, tactics, equipment or policy changes that will better prepare Department personnel for future use of force events and any reasonable alternatives to the actions taken that could potentially eliminate or reduce the likelihood of a use of the intermediate or greater level of force in the future. The Committee will examine, not only the actual use of force, but the events/tactics and decision making of each involved officer that led up to the utilization of force to include whether de-escalation was reasonably safe, prudent, and feasible and if so, whether attempts at de-escalation were made. The committee will make appropriate recommendations as to policy or training modifications and will forward their findings to the Chief of Police.
Chief Andrew Shearer stated, “The Springfield Police Department is fully committed to transparency and sharing of information while also balancing the need to maintain the integrity of open investigations and the rights of all people directly involved. When our public servants use force it impacts not only the person(s) directly involved, but also the officers, families, neighbors, and the entire community. As SPD undergoes a thorough administrative review of our actions and as the criminal justice process proceeds, we will continue to share information and outcomes.”
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Lt. George Crolly at (541) 726-3714.
NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Lt. George Crolly