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Portland man dead, his spouse injured in violent path across Eugene/Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A 31-year-old man killed his father and tried to kill his mother before setting their home on fire Sunday, then took off in their car, hitting and killing a man in a Springfield parking lot before driving to Eugene, where he hit a Portland couple visiting town, killing the man and seriously injuring the woman, Springfield Police said.


Police took Michael Jefferson Bryant into custody and booked him on 2 counts of aggravated murder, 1 count of murder, 2 counts of attempted aggravated murder, 1 count of arson, aggravated animal abuse and attempt to elude police by vehicle.


The string of crimes started at a Kellog Street home in Springfield and ended 6 miles away in the parking lot of a W. 11th Avenue restaurant in Eugene.


Springfield police say police received a call from Elizabeth Bryant on Sunday at 1:32 p.m.


She told police that she and her husband were under attack by their son, Michael.


Police responded to the scene and found the house on fire.


Elizabeth was outside the home with multiple injuries, police said. She was taken to RiverBend hospital to treat her injuries.


Firefighters found the bodies of Jefferson Bryant and two dogs inside the burning home.


While authorities investigated on Kellog Street, police say Michael Bryant was at large in a Toyota Highlander.


Bryant hit and killed 58-year-old Richard Dean Bates in the parking lot at 555 W. Centennial Blvd, police said, before driving west into Eugene.


About 20 minutes later, Bryant then hit a couple from Portland in a crosswalk at 5th and Willamette, police said.


The impact killed 49-year-old Marc Jay Sanford of Portland. Lorre Marie Sanford, 48, was critically injured, police said.


Police forced Michael Bryant's vehicle to a stop at 11th and Bailey Hill in Eugene and took him into custody around 2:12 p.m.

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