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Navy vet killed by Portland State cops struck by 9 bullets, medical examiner says

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A man killed by Portland State University officers outside a bar near campus was shot nine times, according to a report released Wednesday by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office.

The bullets struck Jason Washington’s chest, back, abdomen and legs during the fatal encounter on June 29, according to the report. Another police round grazed the man’s skull.

All told, Officers Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey fired 17 shots at Washington, a 45-year-old Navy veteran and postal worker, the report says. Two rounds hit cars, and at least one hit a traffic sign, according to the report.

Washington was holding a friend’s handgun amid a street fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise when officers ordered him to drop it, then opened fire. He carried his concealed weapon license in his wallet, according to the report.

A Multnomah County grand on Thursday declined to indict the two officers in the incident, which ignited protests and rekindled calls to end the school’s policy of arming its public safety force.

The next day, PSU released body cam video of both officers, which shows them arrive at the scene amid a drunken melee. The video captures the chaotic seconds that unfold before and after Washington’s death.


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