Results of investigation of SWAT action May 31st on Ten Mile Road and death of Sam Mullane to be released Friday
Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner will reveal Friday the results of his department’s investigation into the fatal shooting death of Yachats area resident Sam Mullane outside his Ten Mile Road home May 31st. Gardner will announce his findings Friday, 11am, at the District Attorney’s Library on the 4th floor of the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene.
Earlier information released by Oregon State Police indicated that OSP SWAT surrounded Mullane’s Ten Mile Road home with intent to take Matthew Hubeny and Justin Wood into custody on a warrant issued by Lincoln County authorities. They accused Hubeny, Wood, and Hubeny’s mother, Julie Anne Hubeny, of assaulting a man in Yachats on May 10th, pointing a gun at him and beating him so badly that he required extensive hospitalization. Julie Anne Hubeny was arrested soonafter.
As for the other two, it was eventually determined that Hubeny and Wood were hiding out at Mullane’s home up Ten Mile, on the back side of Cape Perpetua, just inside the Lane County line. An OSP news release indicated that as the OSP SWAT Team neared Mullane’s home, Mullane came out onto his front porch, armed with a rifle. Moments later SWAT officers opened fire on him, killing him, according to the release. Afterward, Hubeny was taken into custody but not Wood. The news release indicated that Wood had escaped by running out the back door and disappeared into the woods. He was captured by a Forest Service Ranger several days later walking along a nearby logging road.
Many townspeople characterized Mullane as a “diamond in the rough” sort of young man, who had survived a very difficult childhood and who had been a helping hand to many in the community. He was also credited with helping to design and construct Yachat’s Peace Garden behind the Yachats Commons. Townspeople said Mullane was well liked and loved by many townspeople. Many speakers at a memorial candlelight vigil for Mullane said he was a “good kid” who had simply taken up with the wrong people. Many said that such a frailty of youth should not have caused him to lose his life.
Many questions hopefully will be answered in the Lane County District Attorney’s report so that the town can achieve some sense of closure on the incident by receiving more information as to what happened on the night of May 31st up Ten Mile Road and of their memory of Sam Mullane.