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Detectives seek witnesses in late night altercation

June 13, 2003 00:00


Just before midnight on June 12, 2003, two Portland Police Officers were on routine patrol near the intersection of Southwest Pine and Southwest 1st Avenue when 52-year-old Michael Case walked directly into the path of their oncoming vehicle. Unbeknownst to the officers, Case, who was highly intoxicated, had been walking through the area attempting to fight or push citizens. When Case walked in front of the police car, the officers honked their horn and Case responded by kicking of punching at the patrol car. The officers exited their patrol car as Case clenched his fists and bladed his body into a fighting stance.

During a short struggle, one of the officers struck Case who then fell to the ground and hit his head on either the pavement or the MAX tracks. One of the officers also dislocated a shoulder during the struggle. Both Case and the officer were transported to the hospital.

Detectives were called to the scene and are currently seeking anyone that may have seen the altercation with the officers or saw Case prior to his contact with the officers. Case is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall wearing dirty clothing. Case had the appearance of a transient. The Portland Police Bureau does not have a photograph of Case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Gross at (503) 823-0757 or Detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0835.

This investigation is continuing.



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