Friends say man killed by PSU campus police was a veteran, father, and grandfather

Jason Washington speaks to KATU News at Buffalo Wild Wings hours before the deadly shooting (KATU)

The man killed by Portland State University campus police officers was "first and foremost a family man" and a Navy veteran according to friends.

Multiple friends identified the man as Jason Washington.

David Norton, president of the National Letter Carriers Association Branch #82, says he worked with Washington for about seven years with the U.S. Postal Service.

"He loved his daughters. He loved his granddaughter. He talked about them all the time," said Norton.

WATCH: Witness video shows altercation leading up to deadly shooting

Friends and family wrote messages on a cement pillar near the scene of the shooting at SW Broadway and College St.

"I love you Dad! You didn't deserve this. Tell Papa I miss him too. Kai Loves you!" said one message, apparently from one of his daughters.

Another message said, "Cousin Jason -- We all love you so much and can't believe you are gone! Life won't be the same without you! See you in Heaven! Watch over us!"

Norton described Washington as the type of person you want to get to know and spend time with. He said Washington was friends with everyone.

About nine hours before the shooting early Friday morning, KATU News interviewed Washington at a Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Portland about the Oregon State Beavers playing in the College World Series.

"The game is great, we're going to take it this year! Being in this atmosphere is great. I love it! We're having a great time," Washington told KATU Sports Anchor, Joe Becker. "Now we're going to be champions tonight, let's get ready to be champions!"

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Another friend, Alyssa LeCesne said she went to high school with Washington and had been friends for a long time. She said she wanted to tell police that Washington was not just "a black guy with gun." That was very important, she said.

Portland State University police have not shared any more details about what happened, and have not identified Washington themselves.

Witnesses told KATU that Washington was trying to break up a fight when the shooting happened. They said a gun fell out of Washington's holster during the altercation. When he reached for it, they said police shot him.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said Washington had a concealed carry permit.







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