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19 year-old man dies after shooting at police officer

October 21, 2003 00:00

  

update: On Wednesday, November 05, 2003, a Multnomah County Grand Jury cleared Portland Police Officer Jeffrey Bell in connection with the October 21, 2003, shooting of 19-year-old Eddie Homsombath. Officer Bell originally stopped Homsombath in the 4200 block of North Alaska Street for a minor traffic violation and Homsombath shot at Officer Bell as he approached the vehicle. Immediately after the exchange of gunfire, Homsombath led officers on a pursuit through North Portland. During the pursuit, near the intersection of North Curtis Street and Portland Boulevard, Homsombath shot at a second Portland Police Officer. The pursuit continued until Homsombath struck a pole near the intersection of North Portland Boulevard and Interstate 5 and shot himself in the head. The two other passengers in the vehicle have not been charged with a crime.

In reviewing the investigation, Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth is releasing the following statement: "The Portland Police Bureau remains committed to a transparent investigative process for any use of deadly force. This shooting, as with any officer-involved shooting, is a significant tragedy for the community and the officer. We will continue to work with the Police Bureau's Asian advisory committee: the Asian Law Enforcement Advisory Council of Oregon (ALEACO) to answer any questions they may have regarding this shooting. We also want to ensure that communication continues on a regular basis regarding public safety issues with the citizens we serve."

n Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at 12:07 a.m., 19-year-old Eddie Homsombath died at the intersection of North Portland Boulevard and Interstate 5 after shooting at a Portland Police Officer. The officer, a 28-year-old, 3-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau originally contacted Homsombath, who was the driver of a Honda Accord stopped for a minor traffic violation, in the 4200 block of North Alaska Street. Based on witness information, an occupant of the vehicle shot at the officer shortly after the officer approached the vehicle. Immediately after the exchange of gunfire, Homsombath led officers on a pursuit through North Portland. During the pursuit, near the intersection of North Curtis Street and Portland Boulevard, the occupants of the Honda reportedly shot at officers a second time.

The pursuit continued until the Honda struck a pole near intersection of North Portland Boulevard and Interstate 5. Two passengers, a 17-year-old male and a 20-year-old male were removed from the Honda. Neither has been charged with a crime.

An autopsy conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Homsombath died of multiple gunshot wounds. Homicide Detectives have initiated an investigation.

Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call Detective George Weatheroy at (503) 823-0886 or Detective Chuck Shipley at (503) 823-0865.

This investigation is continuing.

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