Washington County deputies shoot, kill man in West Slope
Washington County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man the Sheriff's Office says was armed with a knife at a West Slope apartment complex Thursday night, May 28.
The Sheriff's Office responded to the West Slope Apartments at 8585 S.W. Canyon Lane at about 10:37 p.m., according to the agency in a statement released early the next morning, for multiple reports of yelling coming from one of the apartments.
After contacting both a man and a woman at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said, deputies attempted to take the man into custody. Authorities said the man "brandished a knife" and a struggle ensued. A deputy attempted to stun the man with a Taser, but it was ineffective, according to the Sheriff's Office.
When the man advanced toward deputies with his weapon, described as a large kitchen knife, deputies fatally shot him, according to the law enforcement account.
The Sheriff's Office said deputies attempted to perform life-saving measures on the man, but he could not be resuscitated.
A deputy's body-worn camera recorded the shooting, the Sheriff's Office announced Friday afternoon, May 29.
The names of the deputies have not been released yet, nor has the name of the deceased individual. Sgt. Danny DiPietro, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, said Friday morning he had no information as to whether the deputies have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting or uses lethal force during an encounter.
The fatal shooting happened just hours after the Washington County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies in the Portland area jointly condemned the death of George Floyd, a man who died after being detained by Minneapolis police Monday, May 25. Video footage shows an officer pinning Floyd to the pavement with a knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes.
"It is our job to protect life and increase public safety within our communities," the statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which was signed by Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah county sheriffs and the chiefs of police for Forest Grove, Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and the Port of Portland, read in part. "The incident in Minneapolis does not reflect our value of the sanctity of life or the code of ethics we have sworn to uphold."
There was no indication that Thursday's fatal incident in West Slope was related in any way to protests over the death of Floyd, which swept through parts of Minneapolis and other U.S. cities, including Portland, overnight.
Fatal shootings by law enforcement officers in Washington County are relatively uncommon. The district attorney's office is responsible for investigating any use of lethal force to determine whether it was justified.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details on the altercation and shooting provided in a Friday afternoon, May 29, statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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