Witness: Man shot by Oregon police tried to stop fight


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A witness to a fatal shooting in Portland says officers shot a man who tried to break up a fight.

The gunfire happened early today outside the Cheerful Tortoise, a sports bar near Portland State University.

Video sent by a bystander to KOIN-TV shows university officers at the scene of a fight involving several men. During the scuffle, someone yelled there's a gun. Then shots were fired.

Witness Keyaira Smith tells KGW-TV the man who died was trying to de-escalate the fight. While doing so, a gun holstered on his hip fell out. He went to pick it up and was shot.

The Portland Police Bureau is handling the investigation. Sgt. Chris Burley confirms university officers responded to a disturbance outside the bar. He has not provided details about how the shooting unfolded.

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