Mary Diershaw was
The yet-unnamed woman shot by Washington County sheriff’s deputies in Aloha early this morning. She has been identified as a person with a diagnosis of mental illness in interviews with neighbors published by The Oregonian.
READ – Washington County deputy shoots woman in early morning confrontation, July 1, 2010
READ – Woman shot by police in Aloha left will, KGW.com, July 1, 2010
Woman shot after confrontation with deputies in Aloha, KATU.com July 1, 2010
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking into what led up to a deputy-involved shooting that sent a woman to the hospital early Thursday morning.
Deputies say a woman called 9-1-1 at 2:31 a.m. threatening to kill “her”, but the subject of the call and threat is unknown.
Deputies responding to the call found the woman in some bushes near the Aloha Park Apartments on Southwest 185th Avenue near Baseline Road.
A confrontation in the parking lot ensued and deputies said the woman had her hand in her jacket and claimed she had a firearm.
Deputies said they told the woman to make both hands visible but she did not comply and advanced on them instead. The deputies then opened fire on the woman.
She was injured and taken to Legacy Emanuel hospital for emergency surgery.
Her name and condition has not been released. Deputies have not yet indicated how many times she was shot.
Deputies said the woman turned out not to be armed with a gun or knife but they did not specify what, if anything, the woman had hidden in her jacket.
One witness said he saw the commotion but could not verify the number of gunshots due to the ongoing use of fireworks at night in the area as the July 4th holiday nears.
A woman who lives in the same complex told KATU News the first name of the woman who was shot is Mary and that she had a similar standoff with law enforcement officers a year ago during a suicidal episode.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. The names of the deputies who fired their weapons has not yet been released.
Washington County deputy shoots woman in early morning confrontation, The Oregonian, July 1, 2010
Police shoot armed woman in Aloha, KGW.com, July 1, 2010
Woman Hospitalized After Being Shot By Deputy, KPTV.com, July 1, 2010
Deputy shoots woman in Washington County, KOIN.com, July 1, 2010
Woman shot by deputies identified, KATU.com, July 2, 2010