UPDATE - Police Officer Injured in SW Portland Shooting - Suspect in Custody (Photo)

April 16, 2014 09:35

  

Officers conducting a secondary search of the neighborhood near the shooting scene have located our missing K-9 dog deceased beneath a hedge. The K-9 appears to have suffered at least one fatal gunshot wound.

Officers searching the area near where the suspect was taken into custody located the rifle associated with the suspect.

Chief Mike Reese will be briefing media at 10:30 a.m., at Southwest Capitol Highway and Dolph Court.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to sincerely thank members of the community for their thoughts and concerns about our fallen K-9. His name, as well as the injured officer's name will be released at a later time.

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This morning, Wednesday April 16, 2014, at approximately 2:51 a.m., a Portland Police K-9 Officer was injured during a shootout with a suspect near Southwest Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street.

The officer, assigned to the K-9 Unit, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect fled the shooting scene on foot and and a large neighborhood perimeter was established along Southwest Capitol Highway.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to the scene and began assisting patrol officers in searching for the suspect, believed to be armed with an AR-15-type rifle.

The Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) initiated a reverse 9-1-1 call to area residents asking people to remain in their homes and to call 9-1-1 if they saw anything suspicious.

The Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit responded to the area and assisted with the search for the suspect.

Calls to 9-1-1 by residents assisted police officers in locating the suspect in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road. The suspect was contacted by SERT and taken into custody without incident.

The suspect, a male adult, has been transported to a Portland area hospital for treatment to unknown injuries.

No additional suspects are outstanding and there is no risk to the public.

Officers have not located the suspect's rifle and are continuing to search the area for the gun. Anyone finding this rifle or other suspicious items in their yard are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Additionally, the K-9 Officer's partner/dog is believed to be injured and lost somewhere in the area of the shooting. Multiple officers are continuing to search the area for the K-9 and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone seeing or hearing sounds of an injured German Shepherd are asked to immediately call 9-1-1. The photo being released is of the K-9 and he will be wearing a Portland Police Bureau harness/vest. Anyone seeing the dog should not approach him as he may be in significant distress.

The investigative phase into the shooting is now beginning and detectives are at the scene.

Traffic along a large section of Southwest Capitol Highway, from Multnomah Boulevard to Barbur Boulevard is closed and commuters should seek alternate routes.

The injured officer is in good spirits and is mostly concerned about his K-9 partner. The officer and his family request complete privacy at this time.

Updates will be provided later today on the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the numerous officers and firefighters from Metro agencies that responded to assist. These agencies include, but are not limited to: Tualatin Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.

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