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)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a carjacking suspect at a Portland homeless shelter (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

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.


8:35 a.m.

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,

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