The family of an Aloha man shot and killed in an officer involved shooting on Saturday told Fox 12 they had been working to get him help.
Jeffery Anderson, 56, died at OHSU after Washington County sheriff's deputies said they were forced to open fire Saturday night.
Neighbors called 911 to report a man armed with a rifle walking down SW 195th Avenue.
"I just wanted him to be well," said Stephanie Anderson, one of Jeffery's daughters.
"My dad was a tenderhearted man who struggled with depression," Anderson said in a statement on behalf of the family. "The past year had been incredibly hard; watching loved ones lose their homes and jobs has plunged him into a deep, deep depression that he could not find his way out of."
However, Stephanie Anderson said she never expected what occurred on Saturday night. A neighbor took video of the minutes leading up to deputies opening fire.
"He was hurting a lot," said Anderson. "You can see he was going to surrender, but then something clicked inside his head ... I don't think he felt he could handle the consequences of the actions he had chosen to make."
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident and hasn't released details about what led up to the shooting.
Anderson's family told Fox 12 they don't believe he intended to harm or scare anyone that day.
His daughters, Stephanie and Sarah, described him as a loving father, grandfather of five and husband of 35 years who loved the outdoors and had plans to, one day, start a nonprofit.
The Hillsboro School District said he worked as a custodian at a local elementary school for years.
Anderson's family hopes by speaking out they can help prevent others from experiencing the pain and loss they're suffering now.
"When you first notice a difference in behavior and people stop doing the things they like to do, it's really important to get them help, the right help," said Sarah Anderson. "Be supportive, be there for them. Check up on them."
"It doesn't have to end like this," said Stephanie Anderson. "There are people who love and care about you, whether you know it, or accept it or not."
Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
After their first home game and win, the Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball team returned to practice Tuesday at the ballpark built just for them - and they weren't the only ones.More >