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Officers fire shots at man in Hillsboro

Officers fire shots at man in Hillsboro
Bullet holes at the apartment where police said they fired on a suspect who pointed what looked like a gun at them. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like a handgun.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Two Hillsboro police officers shot at a man they said was armed, although they missed the suspect before he ducked back into the building where he had been hiding. He later came out unarmed and was arrested, police said.

The incident started around 10 p.m. Tuesday when officers got a report of an armed man threatening to hurt himself. The man was reportedly armed with a pistol, according to Sgt. Eric Bunday with the Hillsboro Police Department.

Officers showed up to the apartment at 1299 NE Orenco Station Parkway and learned that Adam Havery Olsen was barricaded in an apartment, Bunday said. The officers said Olsen threatened to shoot them.

Police officers surrounded the apartment and called members of a negotiation team. Several minutes later, Bunday said Olsen came out the back of the apartment and pointed what looked like a pistol at officers.

Two officers -- identified as David Bonn and Daniel Winter -- fired at Olsen but missed. Police aren’t saying how many shots were fired.

Later, after the officers fired at Olsen, the negotiation team arrived. As they were getting ready to take over, however, Olsen came out of the apartment unarmed and was arrested, according to Bunday. That was around 12:45 a.m.

Officers later realized the weapon Olsen had was a pellet gun that looked like a pistol, Bunday said.

“In a split-second when a weapon’s point at you, you don’t have time to think ‘was that a pistol?’ It looked like a pistol and the officers reacted as they were trained to do,” Bunday said.

Olsen faces charges of menacing, resisting arrest and interfering with a peace officer, although police say more charges could still be filed.

Bonn and Winter are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in these cases.

Two other officers with Bonn and Winter when they fired their guns also were placed on paid leave. They are Debra Crooks and Scott Butts.

A fifth officer, David Morse, also was placed on administrative leave, as police said he discharged a less lethal shotgun at the front side of the apartment when Olson appeared in the front window of the apartment.