June 12, 2014 11:40
This morning, Thursday June 12, 2014, at 6:03 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast Foster Road at 104th Avenue on the report of a pedestrian robbery.
Two officers arrived in the area and spoke to the male adult victim and learned that the incident was an assault rather than a robbery and the victim provided information on where the suspect was last seen in the area. The victim did not require any medical attention as a result of the assault.
A short time after speaking with the victim, the officers located the suspect along the Springwater Corridor, just south of Foster Road.
Officers made contact with the male adult suspect. Without provocation, the suspect attacked the officers while armed with a large metal crowbar. The officers, who were in very close proximity to the suspect, began backing away from the suspect in an attempt to disengage him and to create distance between themselves and the armed suspect. One officer fell backwards as he tried to create distance and the suspect continued to advance, swinging the crowbar.
One of the officers fired a handgun, striking and killing the suspect. Officers called for immediate cover and medical personnel to respond to the scene. Neither officer needed medical attention at the scene as a result of the attack.
Detectives have spoken with multiple civilian witnesses who have provided much of this information to police.
The suspect's name is expected to be released after the Oregon State Medical Examiner performs an autopsy on Friday.
Southeast Foster Road is closed between 101st and 112th Avenues to all traffic. Additionally, the Springwater Corridor is closed between 101st and 111th Avenues.
Both officers will be placed on paid Administrative Leave until the completion of the investigation, as is standard protocol. Their names will be released on Friday morning.
Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office all responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.
No additional information is available at this time and the next expected update will be late today.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204