1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
May 23, 2007 00:00
On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at 10:46 pm, Northeast Precinct officers shot and killed a 43-year-old man armed with a loaded shotgun after responding to a reported disturbance in the 500 block on Northeast Suttle Street. The disturbance began after the suspect contacted neighbors asking for help because he had been locked out of his townhouse. After going outside to help the suspect, the neighbors watched him repeatedly ramming a truck into the garage door to gain entry. This behavior frightened neighbors and they returned to their residence to call police. After the suspect gained entry to the townhouse, the neighbors heard glass breaking and the suspect screaming and threatening to shoot someone inside his residence.
Northeast Precinct officers arrived and were told by neighbors that they heard the suspect say he was going to kill his girlfriend and he was armed with a shotgun. Believing there was an exigent need to help the woman, the officers attempted to contact the suspect, knocking on the door and repeatedly announcing their presence. When they received no response at the door, they forced entry, and were confronted by the suspect who aimed a loaded shotgun at them. The two officers discharged their weapons at the suspect and retreated to seek cover. The officers are a 34-year-old, 10-year veteran and a 32-year-old, 5-year veteran of the Police Bureau. Their names will not be released at this time.
The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated, and after clearing the house, found the suspect dead. No other person was found in the home and investigators do not know if a person left during the confrontation or if anyone was ever in the home during the suspect’s rampage.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had recently been making suicidal statements. They also discovered a marijuana grow operation on the second floor of the townhouse. Homicide investigators and the East County Major Crimes Team are conducting the investigation. The officers are currently on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Lynn Courtney at (503) 823-0451 or Detective Jon Rhodes at (503) 823-0459. This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson