- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - An enraged man armed with a shotgun wounded a Beaverton police officer who responded to a domestic disturbance call at a trailer park Wednesday morning, authorities said. Police returned fire and the shooter was later found dead.

The wounded officer, Scott Burke, 47, was taken to a hospital and later released, said Officer Mike Rowe, a Beaverton Police Department spokesman. Rowe declined to discuss the officer’s injuries.

Rowe said police responded to Hidden Village Mobile Estates shortly before 7 a.m. He said a man inside a trailer was volatile, throwing items out of his windows and at police.

“At times, he actually removed bricks from inside the residence and threw them out of the closed windows toward officers,” Rowe said.

A short time later, the man came out on his front porch, armed with the shotgun, and fired, hitting Burke. Police returned fire, and Rowe said the shooter, 59-year-old Michael Westrich, was found dead on the porch.

Rowe said he does not yet know how many officers fired weapons.

A neighbor, Bill Cauble, 48, told the Oregonian newspaper he heard the gunfire as he was preparing to take his dog for a walk.

“I opened the door and the shots were being fired so I grabbed my dog and I hit the ground,” Cauble said. He estimated hearing at least two dozen shots.

The identity of the person who called police to the trailer has not been released. Rowe said Westrich lived alone.

The Washington County Major Crime Team is handling the investigation, the spokesman said.

Burke has been with Beaverton police for 20 years.

Beaverton is a Portland suburb.

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