March 21 2019
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Portland Police Bureau continues to investigate a domestic violence incident and officer involved shooting that occurred during the evening of Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The involved member has been identified as Officer Onest Robert, a six-year-veteran of the Bureau. The officer will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Bureau and Multnomah County District Attorney's Office investigation.
The suspect arrested during a domestic violence disturbance that resulted in an officer-involved shooting on Thursday, January 2, 2019, has been lodged in the Multnomah County Jail. The suspect, 34-year-old Anita M. Ruiz, was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Members with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail, Professional Standards Division and Training Division, along with members of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and City of Portland's Independent Police Review Board continue this officer-involved shooting investigation.
Based on information gathered at this time in the investigation, detectives believe shortly after officers responded to a domestic disturbance at an apartment in the Stacy Lee Apartments, located at 141 Northeast 147th Avenue, they contacted several people involved in the disturbance. As officers contacted those involved, Ruiz retrieved a knife and charged at officers. As Ruiz advanced toward the officers with the knife in her hand, an officer fired one round from his duty weapon. Ruiz was not injured and was taken into custody without further incident. There were no reports of any other people being injured as a result of this incident.
During the investigation, detectives located and seized the knife believed to be possessed by Ruiz as she charged at officers. (Photograph included in this release).
"Domestic violence calls can be the most volatile and complex calls to which officers will respond," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I'm thankful there were no injuries or loss of life during this incident. The Police Bureau will conduct a thorough investigation and will share additional information when appropriate."
Pursuant to policy, members with the Portland Police Bureau's Internal Affairs Division have scheduled an administrative interview with the involved officer within 48 hours of Wednesday's incident. The Bureau plans to release the involved Bureau member's name within 24 hours of the incident per Bureau policy.