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Victim and auto thieves exchange gunfire

July 24, 2002 00:00


Robbery Detectives are attempting to identify the suspects involved in an attempted robbery and auto theft that ended in an exchange of gunfire. The incident began at 2:16 p.m. on July 22, 2002, near Northeast 13th Avenue and Halsey Street when the victim, a 40-year-old Boring resident returning to his parked pickup, saw two suspects attempting to steal it. When the victim physically intervened, one of the suspects removed loaded assault rifle from behind the seat of the victim's pickup. The victim and suspects struggled near the vehicle and while the victim regained control of the assault rifle, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and began to run.

As the suspects fled, the victim pulled second gun from his pickup and fired 4 shots at the suspects who had gotten into their pickup. One of the suspects also fired one shot towards the victim. Detectives believe the victim's bullets hit the front or sides of the suspect vehicle, which is described as a dark blue or black extended cab Ford F250 pickup, with big tires, chrome bumpers and fresh bullet holes from a 7.62 caliber round. The two suspects are described as white males in their 20's, 5'9" to 6' tall. A third suspect, also a white male, was driving the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at (503) 823-0400 or the Information and Referral line at (503) 823-4636.


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