PORTLAND – School officials are talking safety and praising the teens who reported suspicious activity just before a deadly officer-involved shootout near Portland’s Wilson High School.
Officers said Wednesday afternoon several students had reported a suspicious-looking van in the area, which led to an increased police presence around the school.
Then around 4 p.m. an officer was shot in the hand just down the street while he was checking out a suspicious vehicle. The person believed to be the suspect was shot in the head and killed.
Police said the man was killed in front of several witnesses. Wilson High students were at spring sports practice right next to the scene and heard the gunshots.
“After we heard exactly what happened, we were freaked out after practice,” said student Perry Taylor after the shooting. “I'm shaking right now.”
Investigators later confirmed the suspect vehicle was the green van that students had noticed beforehand. Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles commended the teens who reported the suspicious activity to police, rather than approaching the vehicle.
Police Thursday said the suspect police shot was a fugitive wanted in connection with a violent Milwaukie kidnapping in January.
Miles said school resumed as normal Thursday morning and staff members were talking with students about safety.