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Domestic violence suspect shot by police identified

Gilberto Rafael Perez remains hospitalized, officers' names not released


Hillsboro police identified the domestic violence suspect shot by officers last Friday after refusing commands to drop a knife.

He is Gilberto Rafael Perez, 29, of Hillsboro. Perez remains at a local hospital.

Hillboro Police spokesman Lt. Michael Rouches says the names of the officers involved in the incident cannot be released at this time. They are on paid administrative leave while it is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Unit. The results will be referred to the District Attorney, who will decide whether to present them to a grand jury.

According to Rouches, Perez was on post –release supervision for Assault 2 when he repeatedly hit his girlfriend at their apartment on Friday, Nov. 9. When a male neighbor tried to intervene, Perez pulled out a folding knife and stabbed him in the leg.

Hillsboro police arrived quickly and ordered Perez to drop the knife. When he refused, one officer fired a Taser at Perez while another office held his gun on him. Although the Taser struck Perez, he did not fall down.

After Perez again refused to drop the knife, he was shot. Perez was then taken into custody and transported to an area hospital.

The girlfriend, who has not been identified, was hospitalized with facial injuries. The neighbor was treated at a hospital for his stab wound and released.




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