Officers involved in Hillsboro 'burglary' shooting named
Hillsboro Police have identified the two police officers involved in a shooting inside at Hillsboro home last week. Authorities say the man attacked police during a burglar investigation.
According to the Hillsboro Police Department, Officer Jesus Rios and Officer Yuri Astorga were called to an alleged burglary in the 2100 block of Northeast Montgomery Street at 7:40 a.m., May 2.
Police say a car window had been smashed in the neighborhood that morning, and a woman told police she had seen someone in her backyard. She told police the man had gone into a nearby home.
Rios has served with Hillsboro police for a decade. He and Astorga, who joined the police agency last April, reportedly entered the home where they encountered Brandon Syharath, 21. Syharath lived in the home, according to police.
According to Eric Bunday, a spokesman with Hillsboro Police, Syharath was carrying a "sharped-edged tool," similar to a hand pick. Bunday said Syharath tried to stab Rios with the knife. Astorga then shot Syharath, wounding him.
Syharath was living in the home while it was being remodeled, according to the man's family. Police have since clarified that Syharath was not a burglar, but he still faces charges for allegedly attacking Rios.
Syharath was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail last week on a charge of second-degree assault.Little information has been released about the shooting, but Syharath's father said his son was shot in the hip and that officers had no reason to enter the home.
"I know for a fact my son was shot inside our own house," the father told the Tribune's news partner, KOIN 6 News. "He had the authority to be here, every right to be in our home, not the officer who shot at him."
The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave. The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating.
Rios has been involved in an officer-involved shootings once before. In 2010, Rios shot and killed Diosdado Pabingwit, who had stabbed his wife Jocelyn Pabingwit to death in the restaurant the two co-owned along Tualatin Valley Highway. The man was covered in blood and attacked Rios with a bloody butcher knife when he was shot.
Two years earlier, in 2008, Rios — then an officer in training — made headlines after he performed CPR on a newborn baby that stopped breathing near R.A. Brown Middle School.
The May 2 shooting was the second police shooting in Hillsboro this year, and the fourth in Washington County.
In March, police shot and killed Daniel Reynolds, 20, after police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 2000 block of Southeast 54th Avenue. Police said Reynolds approached officers with a shotgun when he was shot. Four officers were placed on leave following that shooting.
In January, Washington County Sheriff's deputies in Sherwood fatally shot Remi Sabbe after the man pointed an AR-15 rifle at police. Beaverton police wounded Daniel McNamara in April after he allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers during a mental health crisis. A Hillsboro police officer with the county's SWAT, the Tactical Negotiations Team, was placed on paid administrative leave after that shooting.