Police use beanbag rounds on robber carrying fake gun
Tigard police on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old man they believed robbed a Tigard restaurant with a replica gun but not before having to shoot him with less-lethal bean bag rounds.
Tigard police reported the incident began shortly before 10:30 a.m. when the man, later identified as Keith Garrett Mattson, entered Dotty's restaurant, 16230 S.W. Pacific Highway, and demanded cash from a till. An employee said he pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun from his backpack.
As officers arrived, the employee told him the man ran into an outside portable restroom outside the business. Despite numerous requests by police to come out, the man failed to do so. Police reported when he ultimately exited the restroom he began reaching into his backpack despite being commanded not to do so.
"Believing the suspect to be armed with a weapon and having probable cause to believe the suspect had just committed a violent crime, an officer warned the suspect and then deployed less-lethal bean bag rounds before taking him into custody," according to a Tigard Police Department news release.
When officers searched Mattson's backpack, a replica gun was found.
Mattson was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel before he was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree theft. He also had two outstanding warrants out for his arrest as well.
Mattson was lodged at Washington County Jail.
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