Police say man shot by officers charged them with replica gun
A man shot and killed by Beaverton Police over the weekend told his girlfriend that he planned to go out in a blaze of glory, the police department said on Wednesday.
Adam Karjalainen, 44, died on Saturday after he was shot twice by a Beaverton Police officer.
Officer Derek Vuylsteke and another officer had been called to the 10100 block of Southwest Murray Boulevard at about 7:12 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.
According to police, Karjalainen was driving a taxi cab into the apartment complex and parked as officers pulled up along Murray Boulevard. Before officers could get out of their vehicle, Karjalainen came out of the complex on foot and rushed at officers across a grassy area and onto the sidewalk.
Beaverton Police spokesman Bryan Dalton said that officers told the man multiple times to stop. Police opened fire after Karjalainen reached into his jacket and pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and continued to rush at the officers.
Dalton said that Vuylsteke shot Karjalainen twice out of fear for his safety and the safety of others.
The two officers attempted to give Karjalainen medical assistance. Karjalainen was transported to a local hospital. He died later that day.
Karjalainens handgun was a replica, police said, and was modeled to look like a Ruger MKIII.
Vuylsteke has been an officer in Beaverton for four years.
The incident was the second time that morning that Beaverton officers were at the apartment complex to speak to Karjalainen, Dalton said.
Officers first responded to that address at about 5 a.m. when they received a call of an unwanted person there.
"When officers arrived, they interviewed the individuals involved and determined no crime had been committed, Dalton said.
After leaving, however, officers learned that there was an arrest warrant for the man, later identified as Karjalainen.
The Washington County Major Crimes Team was called in to lead the investigation.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT