A Portland police officer fatally shot a man near a city park

Azmi Haroun,Paul Squire
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Protesters gather at the scene of a police shooting in Portland on Apr. 16, 2021. Portland Police Bureau
  • A Portland cop shot and killed a man near a city park Friday morning.

  • Acting Police Chief Chris Davis said that cops were responding to a 911 call of someone with a gun.

  • One officer shot a man with a "less-lethal" projectile, while another officer shot the man with a gun.

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A Portland, Oregon, police officer shot and killed a man in a city park Friday morning, acting police chief Chris Davis confirmed.

Acting police chief Chris Davis told reporters at the scene that officers were responding to a call about a white male in Lents park pointing a gun at about 9:30 a.m.

Davis said the officers confronted someone in the park while investigating the call. At some point during the interaction, one officer fired a "less-lethal" projectile at the man. Another officer shot and hit the man, who was pronounced dead.

Davis did not say whether a gun was found at the scene.

Davis said that the Portland Street Response team, a non-police crisis-response team, was not dispatched for the call at Lents park because the individual was armed.

Authorities closed streets around the area after the shooting. Protestors gathered near the crime scene, and police confronted them, blocking them off. Some in the crowd reported being sprayed with chemical agents and pushed by police batons.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement obtained by The Oregonian reporter Maxine Bernstein that he offered sympathy to the man killed and their family, while adding "my thoughts are also with the officers involved."

"I recognize why people are concerned and possibly angry," Wheeler said. "While our understanding of this incident evolves, I urge everyone to proceed with empathy and peace."

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