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Washington County Sgt. James Haxton and Hillsboro Officer Christopher Taaca are on leave after using deadly force.

COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT - A Hillsboro police officer and a Washington County sergeant used deadly force in an altercation on Northwest Edgeway Drive on Thursday, Jan. 2, that left an armed suspect dead.A Washington County sergeant and a Hillsboro police officer have been named as the law enforcement officers who used deadly force in an early-morning shooting on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Hillsboro police said officers engaged and shot dead 69-year-old Stanley Hayes after 1 a.m. Thursday. They were called out to the scene in the 300 block of Northeast Edgeway Drive for reports of an armed man inside a condominium.

Police said Hayes fired a pistol and a rifle out of the condo, striking nearby buildings and vehicles, after officers arrived on the scene. When the armed suspect came outside, officers fatally shot him. Hayes was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Monday, Jan. 6, the Hillsboro Police Department identified Sgt. James Haxton of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Officer Christopher Taaca of the Hillsboro Police Department as the officers who used deadly force in the shooting.

A police spokesman confirmed Haxton and Taaca have been placed on leave — or "modified duty," as the Sheriff's Office calls it — pending an investigation into the shooting. That's standard procedure when a law enforcement officer uses lethal force during an encounter with a suspect.

It's unclear what prompted Hayes to open fire or whether Hayes fired at officers before he was shot.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is continuing to investigate the incident.

Haxton is a 20-year veteran of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Taaca has been on the force in Hillsboro for 12 years.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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