- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon police officer said he had warned a black teenager that carrying a fake gun might get him killed one day months before the teen was fatally shot by a fellow police officer.

Officer Gregory Adrian met Quanice Hayes, 17, during a car prowl months before his death, according to a Portland Police Department report obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive (https://bit.ly/2odH0So ). The newspaper reported Wednesday that it obtained the document through a public records request after learning that Adrian wrote a special report for homicide detectives about his November encounter with Hayes.

Adrian encountered Hayes Nov. 4 after he and a friend were accused of breaking into a car, the report states.

Officers found a fake gun in the teens’ belongings. Adrian said he and his partner Officer Stephanie Hudson both told the teens frankly that either of them would shoot the pair if the fake gun was pointed at them.

“I told both of them that the toy gun looked real and may get them killed if they carried it or pointed it at someone,” Adrian wrote.

Neither of the teens claimed the gun as theirs but they were polite during the meeting, Adrian’s statement read.

Hayes was shot three times by Officer Andrew Hearst on Feb. 9 after he reached toward his waistband as police were trying to arrest him, court records state. Hayes was suspected as an armed robber who broke into a Portland home. A Multnomah County grand jury said Hearst was justified in the shooting.

Hayes‘ death sparked protests in Portland last month.

An internal investigation is still ongoing.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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