Armed man shot dead after trying to steal helicopter at gunpoint from airport

Armed man shot dead after trying to steal helicopter at gunpoint from airport

Helicopter (illustration)
Helicopter (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A man who tried to steal a helicopter at gunpoint, was shot dead by police following a shootout at an airport, according to police in Oregon.

On Tuesday, at about 11:36 a.m., Hillsboro Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a male suspect attempting to steal a helicopter from Hillsboro Aero Air, which is located on the grounds of the Hillsboro Airport at 3565 NE Cornell Rd.

It was reported that the suspect had jumped a fence into the secure flight area, brandished a pistol, and ordered the two occupants, a male and a female, out of the helicopter.

During the course of this exchange, the suspect fired a shot from his pistol, but neither the male nor the female were injured.

The suspect then entered the helicopter as employees from Hillsboro Aero Air with personally owned pistols held the suspect at gunpoint in the helicopter.

The first officer arrived at the location at about 11:39 a.m., and the suspect immediately fled.

The suspect climbed over a fence and ran southbound across NE Cornell Rd., into a field adjacent to the east side of the Comfort Inn property in the 3500 block of NE Cornell Rd.

Another officer confronted the suspect at that point, and the officer fired his weapon at him.

The suspect was hit and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The identity of the suspect and the officer were not released at this time.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following any police involved shooting.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team has assumed the lead investigative role in this case.