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Police: Robert Wickizer threatened family with gun, attempted to break into neighbor's house.



KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - Tualatin Police said they shot and fatally wounded a man who was reportedly firing shots Monday afternoon. No other injuries were reported.This story has been updated from its original version.

Officers shot and killed a 70-year-old man Monday afternoon after he threatened family members with a gun, according to Tualatin Police.

The Tualatin Police Department identified the man as Robert Wickizer.

Wickizer attempted to force his way into a neighbor's house after two female relatives fled there during the altercation, breaking a window in his attempt, police said. The neighbor got out his own gun and fired a warning shot and officers arriving on the scene at about 4:15 p.m. attempted to negotiate with Wickizer, according to police, but the department said Wickizer was undeterred and ignored commands from police.

"Based upon Mr. Wickizer's continued actions, officers used lethal force against him," a news release from the Tualatin Police Department Monday night stated. "Mr. Wickizer was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Police said the shooting happened in the 18100 block of Southwest Cheyenne Way.

No other injuries were reported.

The Times' news partner, KOIN 6 News, reported that police and paramedics responded to the scene after receiving a report that a drunk man was firing shots.

A tactical team from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was also reportedly on the scene. Police from nearby cities, including Beaverton and Tigard, also responded.

“It’s a very tragic event,” Tualatin Police Capt. Greg Pickering told KOIN 6 News. “We always try to resolve situations as quickly and safely as we can, but this was a tragedy for everyone.”

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey said Tuesday she was unaware if Wickizer was known to law enforcement before Monday.

An investigation is ongoing. Tualatin Police said that the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which they characterized as a routine measure while the Washington County Major Crimes Team investigates the incident.

Monday's incident was the first officer-involved shooting in Tualatin since 2006, and the first time since a 2005 incident in Wankers Corner that Tualatin Police carried out a shooting, according to Massey.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details on the shooting provided by the Tualatin Police Department, as well as background from a police spokeswoman. KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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