A man was shot and killed by Klamath Falls Police officers near the 1600 block of Portland Street Tuesday morning. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.
Matthew David Borner, 52, was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant and suspected of stealing a vehicle when he was contacted by Klamath Falls police officers just after 8:30 a.m., a press release from the district attorney’s office said.
A confrontation ensued and Borner was shot by one or more officers. District Attorney Rob Patridge could not say whether Borner had a weapon, or if one was fired, citing the fact that the investigation is ongoing. No officer was injured in the shooting.
Neighbor David Blanchard said he heard three gun shots: two in short sequence, then another. He said he also saw a person being pursued by police running on Portland Street toward Crater Lake Parkway.
Klamath Union High School was locked down briefly while teachers there prepared their classrooms for the upcoming school year.
The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation. The KFPD officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol in police policy, the press release said.
Portland Street from Crater Lake Parkway to Crescent Avenue was closed most of the day Tuesday while investigators processed the scene. Patridge was unsure when the investigation would be completed.
The investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police as a member of the Klamath County Major Crime Team. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections and Klamath County District Attorney’s Office.