Douglas Co. Fire Chief on UCC shooting: 'It's personal' - KPTV - FOX 12

Douglas Co. Fire Chief on UCC shooting: 'It's personal'

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Fire Chief Greg Marlar Fire Chief Greg Marlar
Rebecka Carnes Rebecka Carnes
Treven Anspach Treven Anspach

Deputies are still investigating the shooting at Umpqua Community College and said they won't stop until the victim's families have answers.

During a news conference on Saturday, deputies said they won't give any information on what exactly the shooter did inside the classroom.

Douglas County Deputies did share a timeline of what happened immediately after the first shots on the UCC campus and how the gunfire finally ended.

Deputies said Christopher Harper-Mercer and police exchanged gunfire. The medical examiners have now ruled Harper-Mercer's death a suicide. Whether it was his bullet or an officer's, deputies won't say.

"It's one of those incidents that you hope you never have to come across," said Fire Chief Greg Marlar with Douglas Co. Fire Department #2.

Chief Greg Marlar was one of the first on scene. He said he didn't know until he walked into the classroom how many had been killed, or that two of those victims had ties to his department.

"It's personal. We have, within our family, people who have been affected by this," said Marlar.

18-year-old Rebecka Carnes was the niece of a local paramedic. 20-year-old Treven Anspach was the son of a local firefighter, who was off duty at the time.

"I, personally, I went up and met with Justin and his wife Kim Thursday night to confirm the news," said Marlar.

Deputies said it's for Anspach's family and those of the eight other victims, that they're working so diligently to find answers.

"To the families of the victims, our hearts are with you and you know that our hearts will be with you forever. Please know that we consider your loved ones to be our heroes. They will never be forgotten," said Sheriff John Hanlin.

Oregon State Police are still investigating the shootout with the suspect. 

Once their investigation is over, the Douglas County District Attorney said it's up to him to decide if that use of force was justified. 

In the meantime, FBI behavioral analysts are on scene to try and figure out why the shooting happened.

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