Officers fatally shoot Beaverton woman on domestic disturbance call
Conestoga Drive resident shot after pointing rifle at officers, police say
A Beaverton woman was fatally shot by a Beaverton police officer at her residence on Thursday evening after police were called about a domestic disturbance in the 12000 block of Southwest Conestoga Drive.
Beaverton police on Friday identified the woman as 29-year-old Chelsea B. Fresh
Police were dispatched at 3:51 p.m. to a disturbance involving a weapon at a house on Conestoga just south of the Conestoga Recreation Center.
When officers arrived, a male resident said his girlfriend, Fresh, was in the house and in a "suicidal state" of mind, noting there were knives and two rifles in the house. He told officers she had pushed him and went toward some knives in the kitchen. The boyfriend left the house to call police, said Mike Rowe, a Beaverton Police Department spokesman.
An officer who is a member of the Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit made phone contact with the female inside the residence in an attempt to defuse the situation. The female exited the house several times with a rifle in her hands, each time returning inside.
Approximately an hour after officers arrived on scene, the female exited the residence and pointed the rifle at officers. The officers defended themselves by firing their weapons, striking the female, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police radio dispatches on Thursday included the boyfriend's claim there was no ammunition for the rifles in the house. The victim, however, told the crisis negotiation officer she did have ammunition for the two rifles. Investigators haven't verified whether the gun pointed at the officers were loaded.
"It is important to remember that a police officer or citizen placed in a life or death situation have but a fraction of a second to make the right decision," Rowe said.
The Washington County Major Crimes team is investigating this incident, in which no officers were injured. As a matter of policy, the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation, Rowe said.
Conestoga drive was barricaded for the investigation just west of the recreation center's south driveway.
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