Deputy opens fire on man who brandished knife

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PORTLAND, Ore. - A man is in the hospital after sheriff's investigators say a deputy opened fire when he was attacked.

The incident happened just before 4 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 16000 block of Northwest Laidlaw Road, in the Bethany area.

"It's a little frightening," said Chris Caldwell, who lives nearby. "I have never seen an emergency response to this magnitude."

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, police were called to the home for a welfare check and a man who opened the door slightly suddenly attacked one of the responding deputies with a knife. The deputy then fired at the man, hitting him "at least once," the sheriff's office said in a press release.

The suspect was later identified as 49-year-old Jeffrey Holmes. Investigators said Holmes was able to slightly injure one deputy with the knife before he was shot. The deputy's injury was minor and he was treated at the scene.

Deputies said Holmes had life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office has not said how many shots were fired but witnesses told KATU News they heard around five.

Holmes was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries are not known at this point but he was in surgery late Sunday. His condition has not been released.

Holmes family requested the welfare check. The sheriff's office did not say what exactly prompted the family to make a call. Holmes was home alone when the incident took place.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said they had been in contact with Holmes in the past but they did not say why.

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