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Man fatally shot by Portland police was suspect in earlier shooting, report says

The man who was fatally shot by Portland police was determined to be a suspect in a previous shooting, according to an official filing.

Joel M. Arevalo had refused to show his hands or follow police orders when they had learned he was a suspect in a previous shooting. According to Oregon live, police reported finding a gun next to his body, after he was fatally shot on February 19th.

Police said they were dispatched that evening to a disturbance at the complex. The death incident report states that Arevalo had “fired shots at his friends.” Police blocked off traffic, and Arevalo was sealed into the east end of the complex.

The report says, “(Arevalo) was within the area of the communications team for a length of time before being pointed out that he was the suspect.” The report is not clear on how much time transpired before Sergeant Zachary Kenney and Officer Reyaldo Guevera opened fire. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol after shooting incidents.

The report does say that after police identified Arevalo as being under suspicion in the shooting, officers commanded him to take his hands out of his pockets, to which he did not comply.

The situation left residents very confused, as several witnessed a man with a gun enter the building. Arevalo had told several residents that he had been visiting a friend and was waiting to leave as police arrived on the scene.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: OREGON LIVE

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