Domestic violence suspect hospitalized

Hillsboro police have identified the officers involved in the incident where a domestic violence suspect was shot after he allegedly refusing to drop a knife.

The officers are David Bergstrom, 44, an 11-year Hillsboro Police Department veteran, and Brian Wilber, 37, a 14-month veteran.

As required by HPD policies, both Bergstrom and Wilber are on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team and HPD detectives.

The results will be referred to the district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to present them to a grand jury.

The suspect, Gilberto Rafael Perez, 29, of Hillsboro, remains in a local hospital in serious condition. According to Hillboro Police spokesman Lt. Michael Rouches, Perez will be arrested and charged when he is released.

Perez was on post –release supervision for second-degree assault when he repeatedly hit his girlfriend in their apartment at 2050 N.E. Barberry Dr. on Friday, Nov. 9. When a male neighbor tried to intervene, Perez pulled out a folding knife and stabbed him in the leg, Rouches says.

Bergstrom and Wilber quickly arrived and ordered Perez to drop the knife. Wilber fired a Taser at Perez while Bergstom held his gun on him. Although the Taser struck Perez, he did not fall down.

After Perez again refused to drop the knife, he was shot. Perez was then taken into custody and transported to an area hospital.

The girlfriend, who has not been identified, was treated at a hospital for facial injuries and released.

The neighbor was treated at a hospital for his stab wound and released.

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