Beaverton officer fires, suspect shoots self during chase


Shooting in the area of SW 14th and Alger

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A burglary suspect, being chased on foot by Beaverton police in a neighborhood, shot themself at the same time an officer fired his service gun Wednesday night, authorities said.

The incident unfolded around 8:30 p.m. in the area of SW 14th and Alger. The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, was wanted for a home burglary earlier in the day along with an outstanding parole violation, the Beaverton police said.

Officers chased the suspect, who went into fenced-in backyards in the neighborhood. That’s when the suspect shot themself and the officer fired.

It’s unclear if the officer’s shot hit the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. It is not known at this time the condition of the suspect.

Neighbors heard 2 gunshots at a home in the middle of the block. Witnesses told KOIN 6 News they saw one person taken out of a home on a stretcher.

“There were 2 gunshots that I heard, then I came back to my apartment,” one woman said. She said she saw a lot of police cars, a fire engine and paramedics.

Another neighbor, Jim Pilcher, said he heard sirens, then someone yell “Drop the gun,” and then 2 shots in rapid succession.

No officers were injured.

The investigation continues and is being led by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.

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