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March 24th, 2010 JAMES PITKIN | News Stories
 

Not Again

Police fatally shoot another man.

     
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ANOTHER SHOOTING: Police shot and killed a man Monday at Hoyt Arboretum.
IMAGE: James Pitkin

For the second time in two months, Portland police have shot and killed a man who was apparently suffering a mental breakdown. And once again, many Portlanders are rising up in protest.

Officer Jason Walters, a 13-year veteran, responded to a report Monday at 3:05 pm of a transient harassing people in Hoyt Arboretum in Southwest Portland. When Walters arrived 19 minutes later, police say a man whose neck, face and hands were covered in blood stepped out of a public restroom and confronted him with an X-acto-type razor.

Police say when the man refused to drop the knife, Walters fatally shot him. Walters is now on paid leave. Police Chief Rosie Sizer declined to answer more questions by press time Tuesday, including obvious ones like the distance involved and the number of shots fired. The man’s identity also was not released.

Hours after the March 22 shooting, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Police Bureau’s Traffic Division just north of East Burnside Street as riot cops stood watch. Police said there was unspecified property damage but no arrests or injuries.

The latest fatal shooting came after the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron Campbell, who was found to be unarmed.

Freshly returned from a law-enforcement conference in England, Sizer held a news conference Tuesday in which she noted that police officers risk their lives every day.

A police spokeswoman says cops are prepared to respond if more demonstrations arise.

 
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