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Gunman killed by police after trying to hijack helicopter at an Oregon airport


An Oregon man suspected of hijacking a helicopter at the Hillsboro airport in Oregon on Monday was shot and killed by police, KGW News reported.

The suspect climbed a fence near Hillsboro Aero Academy and attempted to steal a helicopter that was getting ready for takeoff, according to Hillsboro police Lt. Henry Reimann. An Aero Academy employee and his girlfriend were inside the helicopter at the time.

The two inside the helicopter got out after the man threatened them with a gun and then fired a shot in a nearby field.

After a deputy arrived, the man fled the helicopter on foot. The man got in a confrontation with police as more deputies arrived and was shot, dying soon after.

Nobody else was reported to be injured, and the Port of Portland thanked the HIllsboro Police Department in a statement, KGW News reported.

β€œThe Port of Portland is grateful for the quick and professional response of the Hillsboro police department. The Hillsboro police are leading the investigation into the incident. The Hillsboro airport has resumed airport operations," according to the statement.

The names of the suspect and the officer who shot him will not be released, the Hillsboro Police Department said in a statement, CNN reported.

According to Reimann, the situation is not believed to be an act of terrorism.

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