In a tense, chaotic incident that unfolded at Hillsboro Airport late Monday morning, a suspect who allegedly attempted to steal a helicopter from a neighboring flight academy was shot and killed by Hillsboro Police.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, jumped a fence onto Hillsboro Aero Academy property and walked over to a helicopter that was running and had a flight instructor in the cockpit, said Lt. Henry Reimann, spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department.
He had a weapon and shot one round into the air, then ordered the instructor to get out, which he did, Reimann said.
The suspect jumped into the chopper but then disembarked and fled on foot when he saw an HPD sergeant pulling up. "He ran and jumped over a fence and into a field" next to Comfort Inn, said Reimann.
One officer, who has not been identified, shot at the armed suspect, killing him. No officers and no staff at the aero academy were injured.
The Port of Portland, which operates the Hillsboro Airport, issued a statement about the incident around 1:30 p.m. July 3:
"The Port of Portland is grateful for the quick and professional response of the Hillsboro police department. The Hillsboro police are leading the investigation into the incident. The Hillsboro airport has resumed airport operations."
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.