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Witness says Oregon homeless shelter shooting was justified

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PORTLAND, Ore. -

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a carjacking suspect at a Portland homeless shelter (all times local):
  
3:30 p.m.
  
Witnesses to the fatal police shooting at a southeast Portland, Oregon, homeless shelter said the police were justified in taking lethal action.
  
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that witnesses said the man had gone into the shelter Saturday night and was slashing and stabbing himself with a knife before lunging at officers.
  
Morgan Thomas Pickering, of Portland, said Sunday the scene was "horrific" and the man was acting erratically.
  
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement the public should reserve judgment after someone posted video online that purportedly shows the shooting.
  
Officers responding to a crash Saturday learned that a car involved had been stolen in a carjacking earlier in the day.
  
Police found the suspected carjacker inside the nearby Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter and were told he could be armed.
  
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8:35 a.m.
  
Police officers shot and killed a man during an encounter at a Southeast Portland homeless shelter.
  
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that police said the man had crashed a stolen car near the shelter minutes before the shooting on Saturday night.
  
Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley says officers responded to a report of a crash at Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m.
  
While responding, they learned that a car involved, a Honda CRV, had been stolen in a carjacking earlier in the day.
  
Police found the man they believed to be the driver nearby around 8 p.m.
  
Burley says during their encounter, multiple officers fired at the man, who died. No officers or bystanders were injured.
  
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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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