March 22nd, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Man Dead in Hoyt Arboretum Shooting (UPDATED)


UPDATED: Portland police say they fatally shot an adult man this afternoon outside an office at Hoyt Arboretum after a disturbance was reported there. Central Precinct officers responded to the call around 3 pm and no officer was injured in the incident.

There are no other details immediately available on the fatal shooting, which comes less than two months after Portland police fatally shot an unarmed Aaron Campbell in East Portland.

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who's in charge of the Police Bureau, also came to the scene today in Southwest Portland. Asked why he was there, Saltzman said, "I'm not operating on a playbook ... I wanted to come out here and find out the facts."


Below is our initial post from earlier this afternoon:

Portland Police issued a press release at 3:52 pm today about what it called an "officer-involved shooting" at Hoyt Arboretum. Police have issued few other details other than saying in the release that "Officers made contact with a subject and it has been reported that shots were fired."

But one visitor to Hoyt Arboretum this afternoon called WW at 4 pm to say she heard witnesses describe to Portland Police what happened at 3:05 pm.

"Some people say they heard the cops screaming 'drop it, drop it,' and then the guy said "no, no, no, I'm not going to drop it' and then they heard bang, bang, bang," the visitor reports.

We have a reporter en route to the scene and will update this with more details.
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