A suspect who has only been described as a white man was fatally shot in the morning by an officer who responded to a report that a man was pointing a gun at the park, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release .
PPB says lethal force was used after attempts at “less lethal” rounds, the press release said. Officers provided emergency medical care, but the male subject was pronounced dead at the scene.
While the shooting was being investigated, a crowd gathered and began shouting at officers, the PPB said.
“The hostile crowd, estimated to be over 100 people, tore down police ribbons on the criminal scene and attacked the work area,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release Friday night.
Protesters hit officers with sticks and water bottles as they left the park, PPB said.
According to the department, no chemical ammunition was used against the crowd, but they used a “Rubber Ball Distraction Device”.
No officers were injured and no arrests were made.
The PPB said “the bureau member involved” is an 8-year veteran of the department.
Officers’ names will be released Saturday and the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed by police and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, the PPB said.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a statement Friday urging everyone to “continue with empathy and peace.”
“These shootings are always traumatic for everyone involved and for our community, no matter the circumstances. I want to express my sympathy to the person involved and their family. My thoughts are also with the officers involved,” Wheeler said.