TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — A riot in Tigard caused “significant damage” to businesses in the downtown corridor as a group of about 100 protesters marched through the streets the night after a Tigard police officer killed a man during a domestic violence call.
Demonstrators gathered in Tigard to protest the police shooting of 26-year-old Jacob Ryan Macduff, a domestic violence suspect, on Wednesday afternoon.
The rioters marched toward City Hall and the Tigard Police Department, when police said they started tagging public and private property and vandalized several businesses. An unlawful assembly was declared around 8:45 p.m., and minutes later a riot was declared when protesters started to break windows at the Tigard Police Department.
About 20 windows were damaged on city property.
In a press conference Friday, Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine said they understand frustration and anger, but property damage and threats of violence wouldn’t be tolerated.
“We understand anger, we understand frustration. But we cannot accept random property damage and violence to be the form of outcry,” she said. “Downtown businesses did not deserve this.”
McApline declined to answer questions about the officer-involved shooting. “But there’s a bigger issue here about policing, what people want from their police department,” she said.
One Tigard business owner who spoke with KOIN 6 News said that while he supports protesers rights to peacefully share their opinion, he’s upset they caused damage to local businesses.
“None of these people had anything to do with the shooting,” Brian Wiggs said about the operators of the damaged businesses. “Yet they’re the one who are paying the price.”
Wiggs, who owns 3G’s Automotive, said “for a group of people to hold a small community like this hostage is unacceptable. Leadership needs to step up and do something
Tia Davies, who lives in the area, went downtown to clean up the graffiti. Davies said she feels “violated. I feel offended for all of these people who are just trying to survive during a pandemic.”
“People need to stop this nonsense. It’s completely unacceptable behavior,” she said, and added she’s surprised the riot violence came to Tigard.
“I feel like this nonsense has been going on for 9 months downtown, and it’s out of control.”
Twenty-year-old Zane Saleem Bsoul was arrested and charged with riot following the Thursday violence.
Authorities said officers responded to a domestic disturbance report at the Edgewood Manor apartment complex near SW Hall Boulevard and SW Bonita Road on Wednesday just after 4 p.m., where they tried to arrest Macduff in his vehicle when they found he was armed with a knife.
Macduff “refused to surrender to police,” according to investigators, and a struggle ensued that ended when a Tigard police officer shot and killed Macduff. The name of the officer has not been released. Authorities say the shooting is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.