Man shot by Hillsboro Police identified, family grieves
The family of the man shot by Hillsboro Police on Friday afternoon held a press conference just a block away from Legacy Emmanuel Hospital Monday, where they say the man remains in critical condition and is "fighting for his life."
Jose Juan Aguilar Mandujano, 20, of Hillsboro, who goes by "Juan," is the man shot near the Hillsboro Police Department's precinct on Friday, Aug. 19, around 1 p.m.
His parents and sister held a press conference at Dawson Park in Portland, calling for answers from law enforcement and justice for their loved one.
"No news, no explanation to the relatives and the community of the facts where this officer abuses his power in this brutal assassination attempt, were given," said Alejandro Aguilar, Juan's father. He spoke in Spanish during the press conference, and his daughter Gabriela translated his prepared remarks to English.
His family says that Jose Juan Aguilar Mandujano was shot four times by Hillsboro Police — once in the shoulder, once in his nose and twice in the back of his head. His sister said that surgeons were only able to remove one of the bullets so far, and Jose has not woken up in the hospital. He is breathing through a tube, they added.
While Hillsboro Police did confirm Jose Juan Aguilar Manujado was the victim on Monday afternoon, neither that agency nor the Washington County Major Crimes Team, which is investigating the shooting, confirmed these other details in time for this report.
"Washington County Major Crimes Team (MCT) is the lead investigative Unit and are still actively investigating the incident," said HPD Sergeant Stewart Kelsey in an email. "These types of incidents have an investigative timeline for interviews with all involved. As soon as the MCT has completed their interviews I will be working in conjunction with the District Attorney's (public information officer) to release an update on the incident."
According to the police department's press release on Friday afternoon, "civilian witnesses" said a Hillsboro officer "was attacked" near his patrol vehicle at Southeast 10th Avenue and Washington Street.
Then, police say an "officer involved shooting occurred" but that there was no active threat to the public or outstanding suspects related to the incident.
While official details remain scarce, Jose Juan Aguilar Mandujano's family said that the incident occurred right outside of the HPD's 10th Avenue precinct. They questioned why deadly force was necessary.
"This happened in a place where the entire police force was," the victim's father said. "Where, with a single call, all could have come out to subdue him."
"This proves that the Hillsboro Police have poor training," he added, pointing to the deadly methods used to subdue his son instead of non-lethal methods like a stun-gun or pepper spray.
According to his family, Jose Juan Aguilar Mandujano was not armed. They said they are seeking legal representation to pursue action against the city police but declined to answer further questions until speaking with an attorney.
"We just want to get some answers because no one has reached out to us and we don't really know what happened at all," said Gabriela, the victim's sister, during a follow-up interview.
The family said that the purpose of the press conference is to garner the community's attention to the issue.
"We ask the community of all races to sign the petition and seek justice for Juan," the victim's father said at the press conference. "And we thank you for your prayers."
The family created Facebook and Instagram pages where the petition can be found online. It's also available at https://tinyurl.com/yxc75auw.
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