HILLSBORO, Ore. – A woman who knew the man fatally shot by Hillsboro police Friday night said he told her he would shoot at police if they ever stopped him.
“He said if he ever gets stopped by the cops, he’d defend himself,” said the woman, who spoke with KATU on the condition that we not use her name. “He’d shoot at the police officers. I never thought he’d do it. Never.”
The woman said she’s lived in the community for 15 years. She is a former co-worker of the man who was shot.
“I’ve known him for seven years. Ever since I’ve known him, he’s always said this,” she said. “I just know he never wanted to go to jail.”
The man’s name has not been released. Police said Saturday they were still searching for his family to notify them of his death.
The incident started when police pulled over a car at Southeast 13th and Maple at about 9:30 p.m.
Lt. Mike Rouches said drug dogs were called to the traffic stop and alerted police that something might be in the green Honda Accord.
When police asked the four people to get out of the car they say the front passenger, a man in his late 20s, opened fire at one of the officers with a handgun. The officer fell to the ground to avoid the gunfire and was not hit. Her partner returned fire, Rouches said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital but died.
The three other people in the car were taken into custody for questioning. Police said they were released Saturday morning. They do not face charges at this time.
Police said they will not release the names of the officers involved in the shooting until after they have been interviewed by detectives on Monday.
It's unclear if any drugs were found in the car.