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Suspect dies after apparent attempt to steal helicopter from OR airport

Suspect dies after apparent attempt to steal helicopter from OR airport

According to eyewitnesses, the man in the mask was seen at the time when he tried to enter the territory of the airport through a fence.

Around 11:40am Monday, the unidentified gunman wearing a mask pointed his firearm at a flight instructor and a student inside a helicopter.

Police chased the man and eventually shot the suspect.

"Immediately I thought, 'It's a little hot to have this hoodie on, ' and just as he walks by our auto and looks at us and just got past that's when he pulled the gray mask over his face", he said.

The shot, and maybe a second misfire, were directed away from the victims, Reimann said.

The man jumped a fence at Hillsboro Airport and ordered a flight instructor and student to get out of a running helicopter, Hillsboro police Lt. Henry Reimann said, according to the Associated Press.

The incident is not believed to be an act of terrorism, Reimann said.

After a police showed up, the man ran from the helicopter, went back over the barbed-wire fence and fled across a local road. Emergency services tried to save him but the suspect died on the scene before noon, authorities said.

No other injuries were reported. The man who was killed hasn't yet been identified by police. An officer-involved shooting occurred in the park, leaving the suspect dead, Reimann said.

Flights were halted briefly but the airport was open by 1 p.m., officials said.

The Port of Portland said the investigation is being led by the Hillsboro Police Department and referred all questions to them.

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