A person who was allegedly firing a gun from a front yard in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood was fatally shot by a Portland police officer Wednesday night—the third time police have fired at a member of the public this week.
According to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), officers were called to SE 126th and E Burnside around 8:15 pm after multiple 911 callers reported that a person was in the front yard of a neighboring house shooting a gun. PPB notes that 911 operators "could hear shots being fired in the background of 911 calls."
Officers with the Focused Intervention Team (FIT), the city's latest police team formed to address gun violence, arrived at the scene shortly after—and one FIT officer fired the shot that killed the person.
Both the officer and shooting victim have yet to be identified. This is the third time a PPB officer has shot at a member of the public in four days—and the second time an officer killed someone in that same time period.
On Tuesday, a Portland officer shot at a man driving a car in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood, after the driver allegedly attempted to hit a cop with his car. And early Sunday morning, PPB officer Mina Cavalli-Singer fatally shot a 19-year-old man named Jonathan Worth in the Centennial Neighborhood after Worth fired a gun toward an officer.
The Wednesday night shooting is the third fatal shooting by PPB in 2022.