December 7 2021
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Man Injured In Police Involved Shooting Incident In Northwest Portland

Story by Donna Millsap - The Oregon Herald
Published on September 12, 2021 10:11 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - Early this morning at about 1:30 AM, a pickup truck was reported stolen from near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Ash Street. Portland police quickly found the stolen pickup near Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

A Portland Police air unit began watching the truck as the suspect drove through southeast Portland, into northeast Portland along Hwy 99 and then onto Interstate 5 northbound into Washington state at about 2:12 a.m. The air air unit provided updates that the suspect was driving at high speeds, sometimes into oncoming traffic, and that the pickup nearly crashed into other traffic on more than one occasion.

Police say the suspect drove the pickup in Washington State for about ten minutes, then drove back into Oregon on Interstate 5 south. The suspect drove across the Fremont Bridge into northwest Portland and then west up West Burnside Street to Northwest Barnes Road. The suspect drove north on Northwest Miller Road to Northwest Ash Street, which is a dead end.

Officers converged on the suspect in the pickup in the 8300 block of Northwest Ash Street and at about 2:38 a.m. broadcast that shots had been fired. Officers took the suspect into custody and provided first aid until medical personnel arrived.

The suspect was hospitalized for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The suspect is an male adult but police are holding off to identify until after he has been booked.

Two officers used their firearms and so will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and will be interviewed within 48 hours. Police say the names of involved officers will be released tomorrow. No officers were harmed during this incident.

If anyone has information about this incident and has not already been interviewed by officers, please contact Detective Anthony Merrill Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4033 or Detective Brian Sims Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079.

"We are in the preliminary stages but will conduct a thorough investigation," said Chief Chuck Lovell, who was on scene, "This is a situation no officer wants to face. I want to thank everyone who responded to the scene as well as those who were out taking emergency calls in the city." Chief Lovell spoke with the police Commissioner following this incident.

The Bureau may release additional information as appropriate. The involved officer will be interviewed by investigators within 48 hours.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board, which is composed of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. The Portland Police Bureau directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer involved shooting may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page and can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175