Hillsboro police shoot, injure man with knife

Hillsboro police shoot, injure man with knife »Play Video
Police at the scene of the shooting Friday morning. (Photo by Lincoln Graves, KATU News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Hillsboro Police opened fire on a man with a knife late Thursday night following a domestic dispute they said resulted in a stabbing.

Officers said they responded to a domestic violence call in the 2000 block of NE Barberry Drive at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The incident took place at the Sedona Park apartment complex.

When they arrived, police said they learned the man had assaulted his live-in girlfriend. A man living in a nearby apartment went to her aid and was stabbed by the suspect with a folding knife, investigators said.

Hillsboro Police said two officers confronted 29-year-old Gilberto Rafael Perez, who was still armed with a knife in his apartment, and ordered him to drop the weapon. When he refused, an officer used a Taser on Perez but it "was not effective in stopping him."

After telling Perez a second time to drop the knife, police said he continued to advance on the officers while holding the weapon. An officer then shot Perez twice.

Perez was taken into custody and taken to a hospital for surgery and police said he is expected to survive.

Police said the neighbor who was stabbed went to a hospital for treatment and has since been released. There were no details on injuries to the woman involved.

The offices involved were not injured. Police identified the officers as David Bergstrom, 44, and Brian Wilber, 37. Officer Wilber fired his Taser and Officer Bergstrom shot Perez, police said.

Both officers are on paid administrative leave per normal police procedures.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident.