Man shot by Portland State police had valid concealed gun permit

Jason Erik Washington was a Navy veteran who worked at the U.S. Postal Service.

Posted: Jul 2, 2018 2:50 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A black man who was fatally shot by Portland State University campus police during a fight outside a bar had a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Sgt. Brent Laizure, a spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that 45-year-old Jason Erik Washington had a valid concealed carry permit.

Witness Keyaira Smith says while Washington was trying to break up the fight, a gun holstered on his hip fell out. Smith says he went to pick it up and was shot.

OPB reports that Washington was a Navy veteran who worked at the U.S. Postal Service.

He was married and has three children and one grandchild.

PSU students are protesting over the shooting.

The university voted in 2015 to arm its police force over objections from students.

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