PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two suspects who were shot by police on Thursday were armed with replica guns, Portland police revealed Friday.
The first shooting happened early on February 9 in NE Portland when an armed robbery suspect was confronted and shot to death after a series of crimes.
The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Quanice Derrick Hayes. Police said Friday that he was carrying a “realistic-looking replica firearm.”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that shootings involving police are always concerning, especially when there is a fatality but, “when the person who is killed is a black teenager, it taps into deep historical wounds.”
“We can’t sit here today and ignore what’s happening across out country. I’m not assigning blame, I’m not making a judgement today. I’m not going to do that until I have all the facts,” Wheeler said. “I am affirming that the events that happened here in Portland are happening all too often.”
Wheeler said his heart goes out to Hayes’ family and loved ones. The mayor also said the officers involved are “deeply shaken” by what happened.
The officer who shot Hayes was Andrew Hearst, a 7-year veteran of the bureau. Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said there were also a number of other officers at the scene who witnessed the shooting.
Around 8 p.m. in SE Portland, another suspect was shot by Portland police officers. The 56-year-old man was reportedly threatening suicide and had a gun. When police arrived, there was an altercation that ended with 2 offices firing on Don Allan Perkins.
Officers were able to provide medical care until Perkins was taken to the hospital. He is recovering from his wounds and is expected to survive.
Police determined that his weapon was also a “realistic-looking replica firearm.”
The officers involved in that shooting are Roger Walsh and Bradley Clark. Both have been with PPB for 11 years.
Police Chief Mike Marshman said Friday that looking at both replica firearms, it would be “extremely difficult” to know that they are not real firearms at a moment’s notice.
No officers were injured in either of yesterday’s shootings, but all 3 involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, per PPB policy. The investigations into the shootings are still ongoing. The cases will be sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and presented to a Grand Jury.
Mayor Wheeler said he is “dedicated to a complete and throughout investigation that is as speedy and transparent as possible.”
Marshman said he reached out to members of the African American community to address the death of Hayes. He called both incidents tragic.