Suspect shot dead trying steal helicopter in US

  • 04/07/2017
Oregon shooting
The scene at the airfield where the suspected thief was shot. Photo credit: Haley Rush / Twitter

A suspect has been shot to death on after attempting to steal a helicopter at an airport in Oregon, the Oregonian newspaper reported.

All arriving and departing flights were put on hold at the airport, about 25km northwest of Portland, the newspaper said.

A Hillsboro Police Department spokesman confirmed to Reuters that there had been a shooting at the airport but declined to provide details. Airport officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Oregonian reported that the suspect was shot after running from the airport into a nearby field shortly after the incident was reported at about 11:40am (local time).

The person was pronounced dead at the scene, the newspaper reported.