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Beaverton PD: Man shot, killed by police after he shot an officer

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A Beaverton officer was shot Wednesday morning during a domestic disturbance call at a mobile home park on Southwest Denney Road.


Several officers were called out to the Hidden Village Estates just after 7 a.m.


According to Beaverton Police spokesman Mike Rowe, a suspect, later identified as 59-year-old Michael T. Westrich, was throwing things at officers from his trailer after they knocked on his door. He then fired a shotgun at police, striking Officer Scott Burke, a 20-year veteran of the Beaverton Police Department.


Beaverton Police officers then shot and killed Westrich. Burke, 47, was hospitalized and later released. Police have not released where Burke was hit. But neighbors told KATU he was wounded in the neck and shoulder.


"There were about 20 to 30 shots... it was very scary because you didn't know where they were going," one neighbor told KATU News. "We heard lots of screaming and yelling prior to the shots.


There are conflicting reports about who was in the trailer. Police said Westrich lived alone but neighbors said a woman had been living with him from time to time.


One neighbor heard the shootout.


"I heard the cops getting shot. ... And other cops holding him, rushed him to the vehicle so they could take him to the ER and all that," said a man named Clinton. "And there's about 30 rounds that went off back and forth and Big Mike, he's down there on the porch deceased."


After the shooting, SWAT officers arrived at the scene and along with the sheriff's office tried to get Westrich to respond.


"Mike, we know you're inside," a deputy could be heard saying over a loudspeaker that was captured on a neighbor's cellphone video. "You need to come to the front door with your hands up. This is the Washington County Sheriff's Office."


Westrich had asked for and gotten a Washington County judge to issue an elder abuse prevention order about a year and a half ago. It is not known yet why Westrich sought that protective order.


Police closed down Denney Road at Southwest 104th Avenue to handle the situation. Some trailers near the shooting in Hidden Village were evacuated, Rowe said, because police were not sure if the suspect was deceased.


Police haven't said what kind of domestic disturbance was called in.


Tuesday's incident was the first officer-involved shooting in Beaverton this year. The last one happened in November when two officers shot and killed Chelsea Fresh. Her boyfriend had called police, saying she was drunk and suicidal. She aimed a rifle at the officers, who opened fire.


The Washington County district attorney's office said the shooting was justified.


WATCH: Officer Burke interviewed on KATU's Everyday Heroes on a segment about Beaverton Police Chaplain Paul Olds.



Correction: An earlier report that said Officer Burke was shot with a BB gun was incorrect.

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