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Mayor Weighs In On Recent Shooting

OPB/Michael Clapp

A man was shot and killed by Portland Police Sunday night in the parking lot of Portland Adventist Medical Center. He has been identified as Merle Hatch, a fugitive who recently failed to report to a pre-release center in Colorado. Early reports noted that he had a gun; more recently, The Oregonian reported that he might have feigned having a gun.

Police released more details about the incident late Wednesday.

This is the first officer-involved shooting since Portland Mayor Charlie Hales took office in January.

What’s your reaction to this incident?


  • Charlie Hales: Mayor of Portland

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OPB | Feb. 21, 2013