TIGARD, Ore. (AP) — Police declared a riot and arrested one person in Tigard, Oregon, following demonstrations in response to a fatal shooting by a Tigard police officer.
KGW reports police said about 100 people marched to the Tigard Police Department at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said during the march, some in the group vandalized several businesses, breaking windows and tagging both public and private property with graffiti.
Once the group arrived at the police station at around 8:45 p.m., members of the group broke windows and tagged the station with graffiti.
The gathering was declared an unlawful assembly and then just before 9 p.m.
The police shooting happened late Wednesday afternoon. The officer shot and killed 26-year-old Jacob MacDuff, who was allegedly armed with a knife following a reported domestic disturbance, according to the Tigard Police Department.
According to police spokesperson Kelsey Anderson, officers attempted to arrest MacDuff, as he was leaving in a vehicle. He refused to surrender.
Officers discovered he had a knife, Anderson said, and during a struggle, an officer fatally shot MacDuff. The officer’s name hasn’t been released.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton and Sheriff Pat Garrett of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in a statement Friday said while they respect the right to free speech and peaceful assembly afforded under the First Amendment, they will not tolerate illegal behavior demonstrated by some Thursday night and will prosecute crimes such as riot, vandalism and property destruction.
“We stand with the people and business owners of Tigard whose property was damaged in last night’s riot,” Barton and Garrett said. ”As business owners continue to grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19, they should not also be dealing with rioting, vandalism and property destruction.”
The shooting is under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.