August 24 2019
PORTLAND, Oregon - The investigation into this evening's officer-involved shooting is continuing and expected to keep the Hollywood Fred Meyer and Starbucks closed the rest of the evening. The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail and East County Major Crimes Team are conducting the investigation.
This incident began at 5:06 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the Starbucks on the report of male suspect inside the Starbucks, behind the counter, yelling at employees. The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s wearing a black and red hat and a gray coat. The caller reported that the suspect seemed drunk and no weapons were seen.
As officers were continuing to respond to the scene, they learned that the employees were hiding in a back room and that the suspect was attempting to get inside.
As officers arrived in the area, the suspect displayed a firearm, resulting in officers firing shots at the suspect in two different locations -- once inside the Starbucks and once outside the Starbucks.
The suspect was struck by officers' gunfire and officers attempted to render medical aid and take him into custody. The suspect struggled with officers but ultimately was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Portland hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds. The suspect is expected to survive his injuries.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the suspect has been identified as a 34-year-old male who is a Federal fugitive for Escape. The suspect's identity will be released after he is treated and released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on to-be-determined charges and the Federal warrant. There is no time-frame yet for his release.
Four Portland Police Bureau officers fired shots at the suspect during this incident. All four officers will be placed on paid Administrative Leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the investigation.
Chief Danielle Outlaw responded to the scene, as well as representatives from the Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), the City Attorney's Office, the Bureau's Professional Standards Division, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and other Bureau, City, and Federal representatives.
"I'm thankful there was no loss of life during this volatile situation," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "The Police Bureau is committed to conducting a full and thorough investigation and we will share additional information when appropriate."