The Latest: Witness says shelter shooting was justified
Portland police close a block of Southeast Grand Avenue during the investigation into Saturday's shooting inside a homeless shelter in Portland, Ore., Sunday morning, April 8, 2018. Portland's police chief cautioned the public Sunday to reserve judgment after a video purportedly showing several officers fatally firing on a carjacking suspect at a homeless shelter made its way online. (Lizzy Acker/The Oregonian via AP)
April 08, 2018 - 4:22 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a carjacking suspect at a Portland homeless shelter (all times local):
Witnesses to the fatal police shooting at a southeast Portland, Oregon, homeless shelter said the police were justified in taking lethal action.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that witnesses said the man had gone into the shelter Saturday night and was slashing and stabbing himself with a knife before lunging at officers.
Morgan Thomas Pickering, of Portland, said Sunday the scene was "horrific" and the man was acting erratically.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement the public should reserve judgment after someone posted video online that purportedly shows the shooting.
Officers responding to a crash Saturday learned that a car involved had been stolen in a carjacking earlier in the day.
Police found the suspected carjacker inside the nearby Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter and were told he could be armed.
Police officers shot and killed a man during an encounter at a Southeast Portland homeless shelter.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that police said the man had crashed a stolen car near the shelter minutes before the shooting on Saturday night.
Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley says officers responded to a report of a crash at Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m.
While responding, they learned that a car involved, a Honda CRV, had been stolen in a carjacking earlier in the day.
Police found the man they believed to be the driver nearby around 8 p.m.
Burley says during their encounter, multiple officers fired at the man, who died. No officers or bystanders were injured.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com
News from © The Associated Press, 2018