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Hillsboro police kill armed suspect at traffic stop

A man in his late 20’s was killed Friday night after he reportedly started shooting at two Hillsboro police officers within close range, officials said.

One officer sustained minor injuries. The names of the officers were not immediately released.

The name of the suspect was not immediately released, either.

The incident started as a traffic stop that was conducted at 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of Southeast Maple Street and 13th Avenue. The vehicle, a 1992 Honda Accord, was being pulled over for a traffic infraction, a police spokesperson said. The two police officers making the stop were in a marked squad car.

Police said a K-9 unit, which arrived on scene shortly after the initial traffic stop detected drugs in the vicinity.

There were a total of four people inside the vehicle, police said. The front seat passenger pulled a semi-automatic handgun on one of the officers and started shooting. An officer who was within close range of the suspect was able to retreat without being struck by any of the bullets. The officer’s partner responded to the “suspect’s deadly threat” and used his duty firearm to return fire, police said.

The suspect was struck by the officer’s bullets. The person, after give first aid by detectives on scene, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland. Police said he later died as a result of the shooting.

The two officers were not seriously injured, but the officer who was immediately fired upon required treatment for minor injuries sustained during the incident. Police have not elaborated on the nature of those injuries.

The remaining three people in the vehicle were detained by detectives for questioning.

The case is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team and the District Attorney’s Office. The next significant update is expected to come Monday after the two officers are interviewed by detectives, police said.