1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 27, 2001 00:00
During the investigation, detectives determined that on December 9, 2001 the officers were standing on a perimeter looking for the suspect in a robbery that had just occurred a few blocks away. The officers approached Cromb, who was riding a bicycle out of the perimeter. When the officers contacted Cromb they saw he matched the description of the armed robbery suspect. After a short conversation, the officers attempted to search Cromb who abandoned his bicycle and fled on foot.
During a foot pursuit, the officers repeatedly ordered Cromb to stop. As Cromb was running he removed what was later determined to be a nonfunctioning replica of a semi automatic pistol from his waistband. Cromb pointed the gun back toward the officers as he ran in a southeasterly direction. A citizen witness saw Cromb point the weapon at the officers. The officers, believing the gun was real, shot at Cromb a total of 18 times. Cromb was hit once and died at the scene.
The subsequent investigation found that Cromb may have been responsible for up to nine other armed robberies prior to the events of December 9, 2001. Additional robbery victims have identified Cromb from a photo lineup. Portland Police Chief Mark A. Kroeker has reviewed the investigation and states that he supports the actions of the officers and believes they fully complied with Portland Police Bureau Policy and Procedures.
Reserve Officers are citizen volunteers who also serve as sworn police officers. They receive extensive training, commensurate with any sworn police officer, from the Portland Police Bureau.
Sgt. Pete Simpson