ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies shot and
killed a Portland man they said was suicidal and
waving a gun in a restaurant parking lot Thursday.
Kenneth E. Gerde, 47, got out of his car and
advanced toward deputies when at least two of them
fired, said Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Angela
The shooting, which occurred about 6 p.m., prompted
authorities to shut down nearby businesses and close
Oregon 224 for about two hours, Blanchard said.
Authorities received a call at 4:36 p.m. from
Gerde's brother, saying he was suicidal. Gerde had
phoned his brother from the Cazadero Inn, a restaurant
and lounge in downtown Estacada.
Six to eight deputies arrived at the scene and
tried talking with Gerde, who was reclined in the
driver's seat of his Saturn car. Deputies said he had
a handgun on his lap, and his family had warned he had
access to several firearms.
Gerde got in and out of the car as deputies tried
to negotiate with him, Blanchard said.
"He was agitated, and they could tell he was
extremely intoxicated, and not listening to their
commands," she said. "He advanced on the officers. A
canine was deployed on him, and at least two deputies
fired on him, striking him."
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The two officers who fired shots were placed on
administrative leave, a standard procedure. Blanchard
said their names likely would be released Friday.