December 17th, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Man Fatally Shot By Police Officer in East Portland (Updated: Victim Had a Fake Gun)

Portland police shooting

UPDATE: The man shot by Portland police in the early morning hours today was wielding a replica gun similar to the one in the photo below, according to a news release this afternoon from the Police Bureau.

The deceased man was identified as 45-year-old Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, a resident of the apartment complex.

Here's the latest from the news release:
Officers arrived and went to the apartment door to make contact with the suspect. Within seconds, the officers broadcast that shots had been fired and that the suspect had pointed a gun at the officers.

The shooting happened at the threshold of the apartment door. The officers then lost sight of the suspect and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were called to respond to assist in safely approaching the suspect.

Officers and sergeants on scene continued to develop a plan to safely approach the suspect and render medical aid as well as evacuate other occupants of the apartment, which included two adult females, an adult male and a toddler.

Prior to the tactical team arriving, officers were able to safely approach the suspect. Officers and medical personnel determined that the suspect was deceased. He has been identified as 45-year-old Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, a resident of the apartment complex.
replica gun

Recovered from the apartment was a replica handgun that looks and feels like a real firearm. A photo of similar-looking replica is attached.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday December 18 at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

The officers involved are both four-year veterans assigned to East Precinct. Both officers have been placed on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure after every officer-involved shooting. The officers names will be released within 24 hours.

Here's our original post from this morning:



A 45-year-old man was fatally shot by Portland police early this morning at an apartment complex on 121st and East Burnside. Details are limited about the shooting at the Ventura Park Apartments, but police say they were called to the scene shortly before 3 am to deal with reported threats between two neighbors.

Police were there for about 20 minutes until the dispute settled down, but were called back about 3:47 am after a caller reported a suspect was threatening to shoot the caller. Police say the suspect was armed with a handgun, and an undetermined number of shots were fired shortly after the officers arrived.

Police say the officers then lost sight of the suspect and that the Special Emergency Reaction and Hostage Negotiation teams were called to safely approach the suspect as well as evacuate other occupants of the apartment, including some children. It's unclear how long it took before the suspect was approached but the 45-year-old man was dead. No names of the dead man or the officers involved have been released.

(Photo above from KATU)

Here's the entire news release from Portland police:
This morning, Friday December 17, 2010 at 2:56 a.m., Portland Police officers were dispatched to the Ventura Park Apartments, located at 121st and East Burnside, on the report of a threats between two neighbors. Officers were onscene for approximately 20 minutes then cleared the call after things settled down.

At approximately 3:47 a.m., officers were called back to the apartments after a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a suspect was threatening to shoot the caller. Officers received additional information that the suspect was armed with a handgun.

Shortly after the officers arrived they encountered the suspect and shots were fired. The officers then lost sight of the suspect and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were called to respond to assist in safely approaching the suspect. Officers and sergeants onscene continued to develop a plan to safely approach the suspect as well as evacuate other occupants of the apartment, including some children. Officers ultimately were able to safely approach the suspect and, along with medical personnel, determined that the suspect was deceased. The suspect is described as a 45-year-old male.

Detectives are onscene and are in the initial stages of the investigation.

No names will be released at this time and additional information may be released later today.

Shortly after the officers arrived they encountered the suspect and shots were fired. The officers then lost sight of the suspect and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were called to respond to assist in safely approaching the suspect. Officers and sergeants onscene continued to develop a plan to safely approach the suspect as well as evacuate other occupants of the apartment, including some children. Officers ultimately were able to safely approach the suspect and, along with medical personnel, determined that the suspect was deceased. The suspect is described as a 45-year-old male.

Detectives are onscene and are in the initial stages of the investigation.

No names will be released at this time and additional information may be released later today.
 
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