Witnesses say Jason E. Washington, 45, of Portland, oregon, was fatally shot by the Portland State University police late Friday.
A man fatally shot outside a sports bar by the Portland State University campus police Friday night was a U.S. Navy veteran and father of three who tried to break into a fight, reports said.
Jason E. Washington, 45, a U. S. Postal Service employee from Portland, oregon, was a licensed gun owner with a concealed carry permit, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
But Washington gun dropped when he intervened in a fight that started in the bar moved outside, witnesses told OPB.
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The fight reportedly started over a racist insult.
Mobile phone footage shows a weapon sliding off of Washington in the middle of the scuffle. Agents can be heard screaming, “Drop the gun!” several times, for the firing of their weapons.
Testimonies differed about how the scene unfolded.
Keyaira Smith, who filmed the encounter, told OPB that Washington was “trying to be a good Samaritan.”
“The Gun slipped from the holster when he fell, and I think he has tried to retrieve it,” Smith said, adding that the officers began to shoot as soon as they saw the weapon.
“The Gun slipped from the holster when he fell, and I think he has tried to retrieve it.”
– Keyaira Smith, witness
“There was absolutely no hesitation,” she said.
But Donald Dietz, 25, a worker at the sports bar, claimed that the officers warned Washington first.
“They warned him multiple times not to reach, but he did,” Dietz said. “People think that they are over-zealous, but they had to do.”
The two responding campus police officers were identified as Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey. Both men were sworn officers in 2016, two years after the Portland State University began allowing campus police to carry firearms.
The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, the Oregonian reported. Portland State university released a statement saying it would not release further information.
Multiple agencies are investigating the fatal shooting.
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