Deputy shot in Tualatin; Suspect dead after standoff at apartment
TUALATIN, Ore. — A deputy was shot multiple times Wednesday morning while serving an eviction notice in Tualatin, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in critical condition.
The suspect barricaded himself in an apartment after the shooting, leading to a standoff during which the Sheriff’s Office urged the public to avoid the area near the Forest Rim Apartments off Southwest Nyberg Street for several hours.
Sheriff’s office He said after one o’clock in the afternoon There was no further danger to the public, and in a news conference an hour later, WCSO Detective Anil Siric said Washington County SWAT officers found the suspect dead inside the apartment. He added that the Special Forces officers did not shoot the suspect.
The incident began around 9:30 a.m. at the apartment complex located next to the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center on the east side of Interstate 5. Deputies told dispatch at 10:21 a.m. that they were fighting with a person they were trying to detain inside. apartment.
Several seconds later, deputies reported the person fired at them, hitting one of them several times. At least one deputy returned fire, but Siric said he did not know if the suspect was hit. He added that the deputies involved in the incident did not know in advance that the suspect might be armed.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to evacuate nearby residents during the standoff, Siric said.
A witness at the scene told KGW she was out running errands Wednesday morning when she saw two police cars pull up, followed by two or three ambulances and then a crowd of police and fire department vehicles. Helicopters and SWAT teams then arrived, she said, adding that she had “never seen such a large buildup of law enforcement forces.”
“We are all in a state of disbelief,” she said.
Another witness who lives in an apartment in the area said that she and her children heard gunshots while on their way to an appointment, and then saw all the police arriving. She said she heard six or seven gunshots, followed by a pause and then about a dozen more.
The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident, and the Beaverton Police Department is serving as the lead agency, Siric said.
The injured deputy was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland, one of two hospitals in the Portland area with a Level I trauma center. A Life Flight helicopter could be seen parked outside the hospital late Wednesday morning, and a MetroWest Ambulance Certain She transported a patient from the Tualatin accident to the Trauma Center through Life Journey. The deputy’s family and Sheriff Pat Garrett were all at Legacy Emanuel, the sheriff’s office said.
Garrett also spoke at the news conference held outside the hospital. He did not identify the injured deputy, but described him as compassionate, flexible, stubborn, and a “complete professional.”
“Today this tragedy reminds us that police work can be extremely dangerous, and we owe our law enforcement officers a debt of gratitude for the work they do,” he said.
A candlelight vigil in honor of the injured MP
Before sunset Wednesday night, several people gathered at Cannery Square in Sherwood for a candlelight vigil hosted by the Sherwood Police Department. They hoped this would bring comfort and strength to the family of the injured deputy and all those who responded.
“We are here, caring for him and praying for him,” said community member Ellie Harris. “You know they did their job today…and now all of our communities can come together to do our part.”
“When people gather here, it’s inspiring and motivating,” Sherwood Police Chief Ty Hanlon added. “I know it’s very helpful for our officers to see that as well.”
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