52-year-old man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputy
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Neighbors of armed Aloha man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy express shock about incident
Neighbors of an Aloha man fatally shot by a Washington County sheriff’s deputy Sunday after authorities say he confronted deputies with a rifle described the man as friendly and quiet and expressed shock about the incident.
Robert Kimball Fox, 52, pointed a “loaded high-power rifle” at deputies and failed to respond to multiple commands to drop the gun, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s office spokesman. A sheriff’s deputy fired one shot, striking Fox, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office is not releasing where Fox was shot or the type of firearm the deputy used.
Shortly after 3:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man, armed with a gun, threatening suicide at his duplex home, in the 6700 block of Southwest 180th Avenue, Ray said. Fox reportedly came out of the home with the rifle and into the street, where he confronted four deputies. A deputy opened fire.
The sheriff’s office hasn’t released the name of the deputy who shot the man. The deputy, Ray said, is on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure after a police shooting, and will be interviewed Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office hasn’t released information about who reported the original incident or if anyone else was inside the home at the time of the disturbance. The man’s wife was at the scene after the shooting, Ray said, but he wasn’t sure if she had come from inside the home.
The incident was the first officer-involved shooting in Washington County since Oct. 14, 2010. In March, members of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team shot Adalberto Flores-Haro in North Portland, while they were helping the Portland Police Bureau.
On Sunday, Marilyn Hedlund, 69, who lives a few houses down from Fox in a duplex home on Southwest Monte Verdi Boulevard, was working in her upstairs office when she heard commotion.
“I heard the police say, ‘put down the gun, put down the gun,'” she said. “They were screaming.”
Hedlund looked out her window and saw a man pointing a gun toward the deputies, who were standing in the curve in Monte Verdi Boulevard, where the road turns into 180th Avenue, she said.
The deputies, she estimated, shouted commands for minutes. Then, she heard one shot. And the man fell.
“…I never thought I’d see anything like that in my life,” Hedlund said.
She can’t recall what happened next. “I was so shook up at that point,” she said.
After the shooting, she called a neighbor and told her to lock her door and stay inside. At some point, Hedlund said, an ambulance arrived at the scene.
Hedlund said authorities used yellow-and-black police tape to block 180th Avenue at Southwest Barcelona Way and along Monte Verdi Boulevard. Deputies, she said, also taped off intermittent areas of the scene, including where the body and gun were located. Investigators flooded the area.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “It was just really unbelievable.”
Several neighbors said they didn’t know Fox well, but would say hello when they saw him. They described him and his family as quiet and friendly, and said they’ve lived in their home for multiple years.
On Monday afternoon, several people were gathered at Fox’s home, which has two small American flags decorating the yard. A woman who answered the door declined to comment.
Chelsea Haskell, 26, and Henry Condron, 28, have lived across the street from Fox for two years. The couple said they were shocked by the incident.
Haskell and Condron said their neighbor was friendly, always appeared happy and would compliment their yard, which has a bed of red, yellow, orange, purple and blue flowers.
“He was always really nice – he’d wave or give a thumbs up,” Condron said.
Carol Hilden, 67, who lives a few houses down from Fox’s residence, said she saw the man who was shot Sunday morning. The two exchanged greetings. Hilden said she asked her neighbor how he was doing, and he said, “great.”
“This is a tragic event — the neighborhood is a quiet neighborhood,” Hilden said. “I think it impacted all of us.”
Deputy identified in fatal officer-involved shooting in Aloha
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy who shot and killed an Aloha man Sunday after authorities say the man pointed a rifle at deputies.
Deputy Brian McLeod, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, fatally shot 52-year-old Robert Kimball Fox Sunday afternoon, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Ray said that Fox pointed a “loaded high-power rifle” at the deputies and failed to respond to multiple commands to drop the gun.
McLeod was placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure after a police shooting.
McLeod, a member of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team, was also involved in a shooting that injured a man at New Columbia in North Portland on March 13. Members of the Washington County team were helping the Portland Police Bureau. During that incident, McLeod and Hillsboro Officer Steven Slade reportedly fired from their handguns at Adalberto Flores-Haro and Washington County sheriff’s Deputy John Egg fired a less-lethal 40 mm grenade launcher.
Flores-Haro, 31, was shot three times – once in the forearm, and twice in the torso, when he came out the front door of his home holding a handgun to scare away what he thought were prowlers outside his home, his family said.
A Multnomah County grand jury last month cleared the involved officers of any criminal wrongdoing.
During Sunday’s incident, McLeod fired one shot, striking Fox, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office has not released where Fox was shot or what type of weapon McLeod used.
Shortly after 3:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man, armed with a gun, threatening suicide at the residence, in the 6700 block of Southwest 180th Avenue, Ray said. Fox reportedly came out of the home and into the street with the rifle, and the deputy opened fire.
The Washington County Interagency Major Crimes Team is continuing to investigate.
Deputy who shot and killed man involved in another shooting
From KATU.com, June 9, 2012 – UPDATED
KATU editorial note: A previous version of this story stated that the deputy was also involved in two other shootings. He was actually only involved in one other shooting. KATU regrets the error.
The Washington County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man last weekend in Aloha was also involved in another shooting, which is still fairly controversial based on what victims are claiming.
Deputy Brian McLeod has been with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He opened fire Sunday killing 52-year-old Robert Fox. Deputies say Fox came out of his house carrying a loaded high-power rifle and that he pointed it toward the deputies in a threatening manner. Fox was shot once and died at the scene.
McLeod was also part of the tactical negotiations team helping Portland police track down a gang member in the New Columbia neighborhood back in March. That resulted in McLeod and two other officers opening fire on Alberto Flores-Haro who came out of his house with a gun.
He wasn’t the man police were looking for and witnesses claim the officers never identified themselves as such. They say he was simply defending his home.
Flores-Haro is still in the hospital recovering from three shots to his stomach and arm.
A grand jury cleared all three officers of any criminal wrongdoing.
“It’s just unfortunate that there were two of them (shootings) that close together but police work and law enforcement in general you never know what the next few seconds holds,” said Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
McLeod has received two lifesaving awards from the sheriff’s office for people he helped while on duty.
Prior to these recent shootings, the sheriff’s office says he’s never pulled the trigger in another officer-involved shooting.
There is a lot McLeod will have to do before returning to patrol, including seeing a psychologist, and running through scenarios similar to the shooting he was involved in.
He’d been back on patrol for roughly two months since the March shooting. He’s now on paid leave again as part of standard procedure for what happened last weekend.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is still facing a $7 million federal lawsuit for the 2006 shooting death of Lukas Glenn.
It’s one of 34 lawsuits filed against the agency since 2005 but only eight are still open cases. Two of them resulted in settlements for less than $80,000 total. Another 24 were thrown out.