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Story by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday December 28, 2010 - 3:38 PM
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PORTLAND - Just after 5pm yesterday, Portland police were called to the 3500 block of Southwest Dakota Street near Gabriel Park.

Police dispatch received a 911 call from a woman who said her son had attacked her and her husband, the man's father, outside the home with a machete. She said her 34-year-old son Marcus Lagozzino had been suicidal in the past and indicated he might by trying to commit suicide by police. She said he was hiding inside the house with her 61 year old husband and that she believed Lagozzino would be confrontational with officers, according to the police bureau.

Police spokesman Pete Simpson said Lagozzino began to quickly advance toward the officers as they gave him several warnings and fired a Taser and bean bags. Lagozzino was then shot by police and rushed to a hospital. At 11 a.m. today, Lagozzino was listed in critical condition.

Shots were fired less than one minute after they first made contact with Lagozzino and that Lagozzino had assaulted his parents in an argument before police arrived.

An unidentified neighbor said he heard gunshots before police arrived.

"I heard loud yelling then some shots rang out. Probably about six or loud shots." the neighbor said. "It sounded like the people were very angry."

And Michael Newsom who lives in the area says the shooting is rather out of the ordinary for their neighborhood.

"It's a great neighborhood -- seems very safe. So, this is surprising," he said.

Traffic in the area blocked along Dakota Street for the investigation.

This is the sixth officer-involved shooting with the Portland Police Bureau this year.


Police officers involved in the shooting have been identified:

Officer Bradley Clark, a 4-year-veteran of the Police Bureau has been named as the person who fired four shots from an AR-15 at Lagozzino, striking him at least three times. Per Bureau policy, Officer Clark will remain on paid leave until after the grand jury.

Jamin Becker, a 2-year-veteran of the Police Bureau was also identified. He fired a TaserĀ® one time. Officer Ralph Elwood, a 14-year-veteran of the Police Bureau, fired four rounds from a shotgun. Officer Scott Foster, a 17-year-veteran of the Police Bureau, fired three rounds from a beanbag shotgun.

Lagozzino is still hospitalized and recovering from his wounds