Man killed by police was US Navy vet trying to break up fight, reports say
A man fatally hit outside a athletics saloon by Portland State University campus police Friday night was a U.S. Navy veteran and father of three who was trying to break up a fight, reports said.
Jason E. Washington, 45, a U.S. Postal Service worker from Portland, Ore ., was a licensed artillery owned with a obscured carry permit, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
But Washington’s gun dropped when he intervened in a fight that began inside the bar moved outside, witnesses told OPB.
The fight reportedly began over a racial slur.
Cellphone footage indicates a gun slipping away from Washington in the middle of the scuffle. Officers can be heard hollering, “Drop the firearm! ” several times, before burning their weapons.
Witness reports differed on how the scene unfolded.
Keyaira Smith, who filmed the encounter, told OPB that Washington was “trying to be a good Samaritan.”
“The gun slipped out of the holster when he had fallen, and I think he may have tried to retrieve it, ” Smith mentioned, adding that the officers began firing as soon as they recognized the weapon.
“The gun slipped out of the holster when he had fallen, and I think he may have tried to retrieve it.”
“There was absolutely no hesitation at all, ” she said.
But Donald Dietz, 25, individual employees at the sports bar, claimed that the officers alerted Washington first.
“They cautioned him multiple times not to reach for it, but he did, ” Dietz told. “People think they were overzealous, but they had to do it.”
The two reacting campus police officer were identified as Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey. Both men became sworn officers in 2016, two years after Portland State University began letting campus police to carry firearms.
The policemen ought to have placed on paid administrative leave, the Oregonian reported. Portland State University released the following statement saying it would not be releasing further information for the time being.
Multiple bureaux are investigating the fatal shooting.