Hillsboro police shoot at man armed with pellet gun

Members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team are investigating an officer involved shooting at the Nexus Apartments in Hillsboro. (KOIN-TV)
Members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team are investigating an officer involved shooting at the Nexus Apartments in Hillsboro. (KOIN-TV)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — A 33-year-old man was arrested following an officer-involved standoff and shooting in Hillsboro Tuesday night.

Adam H. Olsen was questioned by detectives following his arrest at the Nexus Apartment complex at 1299 NE Orenco Station Pkwy.

Sgt. Eric Bunday, a Hillsboro police spokesman, said officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at 10:05 p.m. on a report of a man armed with a pistol threatening to harm himself. Several nearby apartment units were evacuated.

Officers surrounded the apartment and tried to negotiate with Olsen. Members of the Washington County Hostage Negotiation Team also responded. At some point, Olsen threatened the officers.

Several minutes later, he reportedly walked out from the back of the apartment onto a breezeway armed with what appeared to be a pistol. He pointed it at two Hillsboro police officers, both of whom fired an unknown number of rounds.

Olsen did not return fire, and officers later determined he was armed with a pellet gun.

“In this case, the pellet gun resembled a pistol very closely. In a split second when that’s pointed at you, you don’t have time to think ‘is that a pellet gun, is that a pistol?’ It looked like a pistol and the officers reacted as they were trained to do.”

Police said Olsen retreated into the apartment. About 90 minutes passed before he exited the again and was taken into custody, officials said.

The officers who discharged their fire arms have been placed on standard paid administrative leave.

Olsen was charged with menacing, resisting arrest, and interfering with a police officer. The investigation has been turned over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office which may file additional charges.

— Brent Weisberg

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