Hillsboro 'burglar' shot by police lived in home, family says
The man shot by police in an alleged burglary this week was not a burglar, Hillsboro Police said. It is now believed he lived in the home at the time of the shooting.
Brandon Syjarath, 21, still faces several charges after police say he attacked officers on Wednesday, May 2.
Police were called to the home in the 2100 block of Northeast Montgomery Street at 7:40 a.m., May 2, to a report of a break in.
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.
When police arrived they say Syharath was carrying a "sharped edged tool," similar to a hand pick. According to police spokesman Eric Bunday, the man tried to stab a police officer and police opened fire.
Little information has been released about the shooting, but Syharath's father said the man was shot in the hip.
"I know for a fact my son was shot inside our own house," the father told KOIN 6 News. "He had the authority to be here, every right to be in our home, not the officer who shot at him."
On Friday, May 4, police said that Syharath was "associated with the home."
Syharath was released from the hospital and lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of first- and second-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree trespass, second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.
Officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave. The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating.