Witness of fatal officer-involved shooting speaks out

Westlund said that witnessing the incident is still something he and his family are taking the time to process.

Posted: Mar 15, 2020 7:19 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 10:38 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- More witnesses are speaking out about Saturday's fatal officer-involved shooting that happened in the parking lot of Best Buy.


Springfield police say that officers had to use deadly force, due to the suspect’s actions.

Oliver Westlund was in the parking lot with his wife and young child when this all took place.

“When we pulled in, we saw a pickup truck with the windshield ripped out and a toolbox open,” Westlund said.

He said he then heard a man yelling, which caused them to pull over and park.

“When we pulled up, we were still in our car. We could see a fella holding a tire iron.”

He heard the officer tell the man to put the item on the ground.

“I heard something metal clank on the ground, and I heard the officer say stop. I heard something clank again.”

Westlund then heard three shots.

“I heard the guy come running back into my view and he was bleeding from his chest."

Westlund said he then reversed and watched the officers securing the man, where he died fairly quickly.

“It was surprising,” Westlund said. “We don’t see that kind of stuff around here very often.”

Westlund said that witnessing the incident is still something he and his family are taking the time to process.

“We were just on a little family outing,” Westlund said. “It’s unfortunate when things happen like that. It’s even more unfortunate when you’re out with your family.”

He said there is something valuable all can learn.

“I think it’s important for people to remember that whether or not that officer was in the wrong or whether or not that officer was justified in his shooting-- that’s still somebody’s kid or somebody’s dad," Westlund said.

The name of the man or officer involved have not been released.

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