TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — A 70-year-old man who had been drinking and shooting his gun was shot to death by police Monday afternoon in Tualatin.
Robert Wickizer had a gun and was threatening his family members in the 18100 block of Cheyenne Way around 4:30 p.m., officials said. Two women ran from the house and a neighbor let them in. Wickizer broke a window and tried to get into the neighbor’s house, but the neighbor grabbed his gun and fired a warning shot toward the door.
Officers from multiple departments arrived and saw Wickizer, armed with a gun, outside the neighbor’s house, Capt. Greg Pickering with the Tualatin PD said. Wickizer kept trying to get into the neighbor’s house while officers tried to negotiate with him.
But he ignored police commands and was shot by police. He died at the scene.
Residents were told to stay inside their homes during the incident. No officers were injured.
Police were initially called to the area about an intoxicated man who was firing shots. A tactical team from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office went to the scene along with other police and paramedics.
“It’s a very tragic event,” Pickering told KOIN 6 News. “We always try to resolve situations as quickly and safely as we can but this was a tragedy for everyone,”
Investigators have not said how many officers or which police departments were involved. Police from Tualatin, Beaverton, Tigard and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, among others, responded to the call. The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, standard procedure in these cases.
KOIN 6 News will have additional details as the situation unfolds.