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Quanice Derrick Hayes, 17
Portland, Oregon
February 09, 2017

Agencies: Portland Police Bureau Oregon

Last updated: 8 months ago

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A 17-year-old boy with a replica gun was fatally shot by police during an investigation of a suspected armed robbery Thursday, a police spokesman said Friday.

Quanice Derrick Hayes was suspected of robbing a man near a Northeast Portland motel, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said. 

Hayes allegedly approached a man sitting in his car outside the Portland Value Inn, 1707 N.E. 82nd Ave., on Thursday morning, and had a gun, Simpson said. A motel employee said Hayes took the man's Oregon food benefits card. 

Shortly after, police responded to a report of a car prowl at the Banfield Pet Hospital, Simpson said. They encountered Hayes, who fled, Simpson said. 

They encountered him a third time and Officer Andrew Hearst shot and killed Hayes, Simpson said. No one else was injured. 

Police haven't released details of what prompted Hearst to shoot.

About 11 hours later, Portland police shot another man in a separate case. He was wounded and recovering at the hospital.

"Both these incidents are tragic and my heart goes out to the community because we're all impacted by this," Police Chief Mike Marshman said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he was especially concerned about community reaction to the teenager's death given the national debate over police shootings of black men.

"Anytime there's a shooting, that's concerning," Wheeler said. "When an officer-involved shooting involves a death, it's even more so. And when the person who is killed is a black teenager it taps into deep historical wounds.

"We can't sit here today and ignore what's happening across our country," the mayor said. "I'm not assigning blame. I'm not assigning judgment today. ... What I am doing is this: I'm affirming that the events that happened here in Portland are happening all too often.''

Hayes' grandmother declined to comment when reached Friday, saying the family was too devastated to talk. She said on social media that a vigil planned for Saturday had been cancelled. 

Hayes is listed on the state's clearinghouse of missing people.