Oregon: Antifa Member Is Killed by Police After Opening Fire on Officers at Middle School
Landeros, 30, was fatally shot in the head by officer Steve Timm at the
middle school of his daughter. At the time of the shooting, the leader
of the Antifa militant group “Red Arm” and founder of “Community Armed
Self-Defense” was at the middle school resisting arrest. Landeros at the
time was involved in a custody dispute with his former wife. He was
wearing a “smash the patriarchy” shirt at the time of the shooting.
Landeros was not only a leader in the Far-left militant group out of
Eugene, Oregon, but he also was the chief firearms instructor for the
organizations. The stated mission of the group is to, “defend the
oppressed.” Landeros, who identified by non-gender specific pronouns,
had a goal to teach and form an armed group to protect members of the
LGBTQ+ communities, as well as communities of various cultural
backgrounds considered “oppressed”.
The secondary goal of his “Red Army” group was the overthrow of what
it sees as a fascist government and the installation of a far-left
communist regime in the United States. Landeros has been involved in
several violent protests around Oregon protesting things such as
perceived police brutality against people of color and people who
identify as LGBTQ+.
Landeros recently switched his daughter’s middle school. When
Landeros’s ex-wife found out about the transfer she brought custody
paperwork to the school showing she had sole control over their
daughter’s schooling. When a school official notified Landeros, he was
enraged and headed to the school. It is unclear why he changed his
School officials asked Landeros to leave the property when he refused
to leave the grounds the school staff called a resource officer.
Officer Steve Timm responded to the call and once again requested
Landeros to leave immediately or face arrest for trespassing and
disorderly conduct. He still refused to leave, so Officer Timm called
Officer Aaron Johns for back up. The two officers tried to get Landeros
out of the school, but Landeros became combative.
It was at this point where the officers informed the member of Antifa
that he was under arrest. Landeros pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired
two shots at the officers. Officer Johns tried to wrestle the gun away
from Landeros. When the two hit the floor struggling for the firearm
Officer Timm fired the fatal shot to the head of Landeros killing him
Police released the body cam footage to calm unrest in the Antifa
community. The footage seems to show that Officer Timm was left with no
choice other than shoot Landeros to protect the other officer. It
doesn’t give a clear reason why Landeros would pull his gun and provides
evidence that the officers were not overly physical with an individual
trespassing on school grounds.
Lane County District Attorney, Patty Perlow, said that the officers acted correctly and that the use of force was justified.
“There was no clearer circumstance that the use of deadly force is justified than this,” Perlow said.
In an unfortunate circumstance, Landeros daughter was in the hallway
when Officer Timm was forced to shoot her father. The timing of his
daughter walking down the hall appears to be just a coincidence. There
would have been no way of Landeros knowing his daughter would be in the
hallway, but he did see his daughter before shooting at officers, a fact
not lost on the DA.
“It is unknown why Charles Landeros chose to use deadly
force in this circumstance, but he clearly had no regard for the lives
of the police officers or the students or staff present, including his
child,” said Perlow. “Officer Timm saved the life of Officer Johns,
himself and perhaps many others given the number of rounds Charles
Landeros had loaded in his weapon.”