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Names of officers in Tualatin shooting released

Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro Police, as well as WCSO, reportedly involved.

The Tualatin Police Department released the names Tuesday of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies who were involved in the shooting death of a 70-year-old man on Memorial Day.

Robert Wickizer was fatally shot by police on May 30. Police said he threatened family members with a gun and then tried to break into a neighbor's house in the 18100 block of Southwest Cheyenne Way after two of them fled there for safety.

The officers involved were identified as Eric French with the Tualatin Police Department, Nathaniel Will with the Tigard Police Department, Aaron Oberst and Charles Wujcik with the Beaverton Police Department, and Anthony Cristofaro with the Hillsboro Police Department, along with Sgt. Chris Schweigert of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

French has 16 years of experience, Will has nine years, Oberst and Wujcik have 17 years apiece, Cristofaro has seven years, and Schweigert has 18 years, according to Tualatin Police.

All of the law enforcement members involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Washington County Major Crimes Team conducts an investigation, which is standard procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting.

Tualatin Police said Wickizer was undeterred by a warning shot fired by the neighbor, whose name has not been released. He then ignored officers' commands after they arrived at the scene and “attempted to negotiate” with him, according to a news release from the department.

Police said Tuesday that the officers involved in the response “used both less-lethal and lethal force against him.”

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey said police used a shotgun firing beanbag rounds and a rifle firing sponge rounds, weapons considered to be less-lethal means of subduing suspects, as well as lethal force.

Wickizer was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene after he was shot.

Massey said last week she was unaware if Wickizer was known to law enforcement before officers were called out to the scene of the disturbance at about 4:15 p.m. May 30.

The department's news release Tuesday did not specify which of the named officers are believed to have discharged their weapons during the encounter, or how many times Wickizer was shot.

“Full details about the incident will be available after the Washington County District Attorney's investigation is completed,” it concluded.

By Mark Miller
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