Hillsboro police say struggle led to officer firing gun
Nearly a week after a Hillsboro police officer fired a gun during an encounter that led to two people's arrests at a Hillsboro hotel, police provided details about the incident Friday night, Sept. 20.
For days after the altercation, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney's Office were tight-lipped about what happened Saturday, Sept. 14, at Extended Stay America, 10665 N.E. Eider Court in Hillsboro. Officials said an unnamed Hillsboro police officer fired their gun after contacting two suspects at the hotel during an investigation into "suspicious circumstances," and that one of the suspects suffered minor injuries that required him to be hospitalized.
Police declined to answer questions from the News-Times about whether the suspect had been shot or the circumstances that led to the encounter, citing an ongoing investigation.
On Friday, the Hillsboro Police Department finally provided a more detailed narrative, clarifying that the suspect, Elliot Satoru Carr, was not struck by the gunshot but was injured during a struggle with officers at the scene.
Five Hillsboro police officers — including Officer Jaime Williamson, whom the police department identified Friday as the officer who fired his gun — have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation by the Washington County District Attorney's Office. That is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.
Williamson and other officers were called out to the hotel at 8:29 p.m.
After determining that Carr and the other suspect, Nicola Elizabeth Kostov, appeared to have stolen a vehicle and checked into the hotel under false names, police attempted to detain Carr after he came out of the hotel room at 9:12 p.m., according to officials.
Police said Carr and the officers engaged in a physical struggle, and Carr produced a handgun and pointed it at two of the officers. At that point, Williamson fired his own weapon, but the shot did not strike Carr, according to the police account.
Carr was ultimately subdued, suffering what police described as minor injuries in the process. He was hospitalized, released Monday, Sept. 16, and indicted on multiple charges.
Kostov allegedly provided police with a false identity, Peacelynn Butterfly Perilloux.
Hillsboro police believe the real Perilloux is a victim of identity fraud, and Perilloux is not a subject of their investigation, they said Friday night.
Both Carr and Kostov are facing multiple felony charges, including identity theft and unlawful use of a vehicle. Carr is also charged with unlawful use of a weapon, among other weapon-related offenses.
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