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February 22, 2002 00:00


At 3:14 a.m. on February 22, 2002, Portland Police officers shot and killed 26-year-old Byron Clay Hammick in room 222 of the Motel 6 located in the 3100 block of SE Powell Blvd. Officers were dispatched to the motel after 911 dispatch received a call from a motel security guard stating that Hammick was breaking out the windows of room 222, had confronted the guard and that Hammick had a handgun. Once at the scene, the officers were also told that Hammick was in the process of assaulting a 3-year-old boy.

Officers went to motel room to contact Hammick. Investigators have learned that the officers saw the suspect assaulting the child when they arrived at the motel room. Several witnesses told investigators that they heard the officers command Hammick to stop his assault of the child and that after repeated commands, the witnesses heard gunshots.

Hammick died at the scene. The child was transported to Emanuel Hospital and is currently in protective custody. At the time of this incident, Hammick had a felony warrant for his arrest. His photograph is available via e-mail from the Portland Police Bureau Identification Division at (503) 823-0382.

This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kris Wagner at (503) 823-0899 or Detective Steve Ober at (503) 823-4033.


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