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Officers responded after a juvenile allegedly displayed a handgun during an argument. No shots were fired.

Several youths who got into an argument at a Washington Square mall store Friday night, April 1, drew a major police response after one of more of the juveniles allegedly displayed a handgun at Nordstrom's at about 7 p.m., Tigard police said.

"No one shot any of these guns, whether they were loaded or otherwise," said Cmdr. Robert Rogers III of the Tigard Police Department. "Quite a few people were dismayed by seeing it, you can imagine, on a Friday shopping at the mall."

He said he believes two juveniles were taken into protective custody.

"One may have eluded us by running across the mall and across 217, and we looked for that person for a period of time before we reflected on the amount of resources we were applying to what essentially was a menacing (incident), which is a level of misdemeanor crime," Rogers said. "No one was hurt. No weapons were shot, actually."

He said police had information that one teen had crossed Highway 217 west of Washington Square Mall and was in the area of Suburban Propane on Cascade Avenue.

Rogers said K-9 units were deployed to the area to see if someone may have tossed a gun somewhere on the property.

The incident also brought in police officers from nearby agencies, he said. Washington Square mall is right by Tigard's boundary with neighboring Beaverton.


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