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Police: Man on mushrooms grabbed officer's gun, fired shot

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

An 18-year-old accused of grabbing a Beaverton police officer's gun and firing a shot inside City Hall was high on mushrooms at the time, according to police.

Investigators said Jared Leone, 18, approached people working at a florist shop saying he was overdosing before he went into City Hall.

Police said Leone then asked for help in the city offices, but attacked the officers who approached him. The scene was captured by surveillance cameras.

Police said Leone grabbed an officer's gun and fired off a shot that hit a wall. The moment was captured on the video at the 1:06-1:07 mark.

An ensuing struggle lasted for five minutes with multiple officers trying to get control of the suspect.

Police said Leone, high on drugs, was so strong he actually broke a pair of handcuffs. Leone was also "drive stunned" seven times, meaning he was hit with a stun gun directly, not with probes on wires.

The stun gun strikes had no effect, according to police.

Just minutes prior, Leone was in a nearby flower shop. Crystal Allen said Leone was polite, but obviously on drugs.

"He was freaking out, he was real worried about himself, he wanted help," she said.

She called 911, but said Leone then left the shop to supposedly follow after two friends. That's when he entered City Hall.

Surveillance video shows him pacing in the hallway. As officers approached, investigators said he was hallucinating and thought they were terrorists dressed in disguise.

Police said officers wear retention holsters, but it's impossible to completely eliminate the chances someone can grab their gun.

"There wasn't anything the officer could have done differently," said Sgt. Jim Shumway. "It happened so fast. It looks like the subject just got lucky at the exact second that he grabbed, it was available to him."

In Court, Leone's face was scraped and scratched. Police said he also suffered wrist injuries from breaking the handcuffs, even though he likely didn't feel them at the time.

One officer suffered an injured shoulder in the struggle.

Official criminal charges are still being determined by the district attorney.

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