Witness says shelter shooting was justified

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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.