PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The suspect in a shooting that injured a Woodrow Wilson High School Resource officer near the school was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon.
The shooting happened just after 4 p.m., when Portland Police Youth Services officers and Central Precinct officers responded to the area near WWHS on reports of a man driving a suspicious vehicle. A confrontation followed.
Earlier in the day, Portland police said in a statement students walking home from Southwest Portland schools had been followed by a man acting in a suspicious manner driving a blue van.
One of the schools was Woodrow Wilson High School.
Police said additional patrols had been provided to the area and officers were in the process of investigating the incidents.
Student athletes heard the gunshots but thought it was track practice. Then they heard the sirens and knew it was something more.
Mason Montgomery saw the events unfold from the nearby 76 station.
“I was on the opposite side of the building and I heard four shots go off,” Montgomery told KOIN 6 News.
“I thought it was coming from the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway area. We came around the building and my buddy was saying there were shots going on out there.”
He said he “saw the officer get out of his car over there and my buddy gtold me that when he got out he was saying, ‘Officer down! Officer down!’ That’s when we started hearing the sirens going off.
“They started flying back up the road here and we saw about seven squad cars in about a minute of so after it happened, a couple of firetrucks and an ambulance. Then they started blocking off the road.”
It’s not known at this time if the suspect who was killed is the same person from the suspicious vehicle report. His name has not yet been released.
The officer was taken to OHSU with minor injuries. Mayor Charlie Hales arrived at the scene for a briefing, then visited the officer at OHSU. The officer was released from the hospital later Wednesday night, and his name will not be released before mid-day Thursday.
Initially, police blocked all traffic into Hillsdale and 37 officers were dispatched. But the roads are now open. TriMet bus lines were detoured for a time, but they are back on schedule.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this ongoing investigation.