Oregon man gunned down by police was 'trying to break up fight'

Friends and family of Jason E. Washington (pictured), 45, described the former serviceman as an 'upstanding' member of the community

Friends and family of Jason E. Washington (pictured), 45, described the former serviceman as an 'upstanding' member of the community

An Oregon man gunned down by police outside a sports bar on Friday was a Navy veteran and father of three who was trying to break up a fight , eyewitnesses told The Oregonian newspaper on Saturday.  

Friends and family of Jason E. Washington, 45, described the former serviceman as an 'upstanding' member of the community and a 'hero' to his five-year-old granddaughter. 

'There are a lot of people in Portland grieving right now,' friend Alyssa LeCesne LeCesne said. 

Washington was shot and killed by two campus police officers at around 1.30am Friday night after a scuffle erupted outside the Cheerful Tortoise bar on Southwest Sixth Avenue. 

The popular tavern is located near Portland State University. Campus police officer Shawn McKenzie, who has been on the force since 2002, and Officer James Dewey have been placed paid administrative leave

Washington was shot and killed outside the Cheerful Tortoise bar around 1.30am Friday night by two campus police officer after a scuffle broke out

Washington was shot and killed outside the Cheerful Tortoise bar around 1.30am Friday night by two campus police officer after a scuffle broke out

The brawl apparently began after a man inside the bar called another man a racial slur

The brawl apparently began after a man inside the bar called another man a racial slur

Campus police officers Shawn McKenzie, and James Dewey have been placed paid administrative leave

Campus police officers Shawn McKenzie, and James Dewey have been placed paid administrative leave

Both became armed officers in 2016 after the school's board of trustees allowed their officers to carry firearms on campus. 

According to the Oregonian, the incident occurred shortly after officers McKenzie and Dewey responded to reports of a fight that erupted outside of the bar. 

The brawl apparently began after a man inside the bar called another man a racial slur. 

LeCesne, who

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