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Sheriff's office: Deputy shoots, kills woman in Aloha

ALOHA, Ore. - A Washington County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a woman Friday evening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Deputies said the woman was armed with a knife.


The shooting occurred at The Patrician apartments at 18000 S.W. Shaw Street.


The sheriff's office says three deputies were at the apartment complex for a suicidal threat when the shooting happened.


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the woman suffered from three gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she died.


The sheriff's office would not confirm how many times the woman was shot.


At least one deputy fired a less-than-lethal weapon meant to stun the woman; and a short time later, at least one deputy fired his gun. Investigators would not confirm if the third deputy involved fired any shots.


"I heard the shots, about five to seven, and I just came out of the store and I just saw the officers," said Iris Galindo who works nearby. She was concerned about her 1-year-old son who was being cared for by her baby-sitter right next to the shooting scene. "I called the baby-sitter to ask for him. She said everything's going to be OK. Just be careful, lock the doors and see to the other kids."


The sheriff's office said the woman was in her 50s, and they are not releasing her name until her family is notified.


All three deputies were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The Washington County district attorney is leading the investigation and the evidence will be submitted to the Oregon State Police crime lab.


The DA will ultimately decide if the case warrants being presented to a grand jury.


This version corrects that deputies were involved in the shooting, not police officers.

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