Portland police fatally shot a person while responding to a call for unrest in Southwest Hills

Portland police fatally shot one person while responding to a call for a disturbance in the Southwest Hills neighborhood on Saturday night.

Officers responding to the 900 block of Southwest Broadway Drive were notified that shots were fired as they drove to the scene at 6:42 p.m., officials said. Police said this prompted officers to activate a “shelter-in-place” order and establish a perimeter. When police arrived, witnesses directed them to the person who had fired the gun, Portland Police Lt. Nathan Sheppard said.

At one point, one or two officers at the scene fired their weapons, killing one person, Sheppard said. The police have not identified the person who was killed. This is the first fatal shooting by Portland police this year.

Police said no officers were injured in the shooting.

On Sunday morning, neighbors gathered at the scene of the shooting in a narrow alley that separates two orange buildings in the Broadway View Condominiums complex. Neighbors said they believe the unrest started at a nearby apartment complex, Broadway Heights, earlier in the day before spreading to condominiums.

Josh Deangelis, who lives in one of the condos and was home Saturday night, said police told residents through a bullhorn to shelter in place as they confronted a man outside.

Neighbors said some locals didn’t hear the announcement and Deangelis said he saw a man and child hiding in a carport as the confrontation between police and the other man unfolded nearby .

Luke Lamarch, who was staying with friends at the condos, said he heard officers through a bullhorn telling someone to surrender. He said he saw several police officers with their weapons drawn.

“You could tell the intensity was high,” he said.

Lamarch said he heard gunshots about 20 to 30 minutes after police told the man to surrender.

Neighbors identified the man as the person the police shot dead. Deangelis and others said the man’s body remained uncovered for some time while investigators took photos of the scene.

Several areas of the condo complex were cordoned off with police tape Sunday morning. Police had marked at least one bullet hole that hit the side of a building, and several more that went through several panes of glass leading to a condo. A resident who asked not to be identified said bullets entered an unoccupied bedroom and bathroom in his condo.

Isis Ilias lives with her three children at the compound, which sits above Southwest Broadway Drive, a winding two-lane road. Ilias was home around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night when she heard “gunshots and a car zooming” on Broadway Drive under her apartment building, she said.

Illias said many families live in the condo complex and there are often kids running around. She said the violence at the generally safe, family-friendly condo complex was distressing.

“I haven’t slept,” she said. “I don’t want us to get hurt.”

Officials said on Sunday that the shelter order in place for the neighborhood had been lifted and police no longer believed the public was at risk. Southwest Broadway Drive was closed for several blocks in both directions while police investigated the shooting early Sunday morning.

Portland police have shot eight people in 2021, killing four. Fatal police shootings increased from 2020, when there were none, but decreased from 2019, when police shot and killed five people.

–Jamie Goldberg; [email protected]; @jamiebgoldberg

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