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Portland Police Officer shoots robbery suspect

November 22, 2004 00:00




On November 22, 2004, at 11:07 am, a Portland Police officer shot and killed a 39-year-old bank robbery suspect while responding to report of a robbery at the Bank of the West located at 905 Northeast Halsey Street. In the initial report of the bank robbery officers were given a suspect description and told the suspect threatened to kill employees of the bank. While checking the area after the reported robbery, police officers saw the suspect a few blocks from the bank. Officers initiated a foot pursuit and cornered the suspect on Northeast Holladay between Northeast 6th and 7th Avenue. Several witnesses reported hearing officer’s shout commands at the suspect and witnessed the suspect, who was armed with a knife, ignore the commands and advance towards the officers. A 17-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau fired 3 to 5 shots striking the suspect who fell to the ground. A knife and evidence taken from the robbery were recovered at the scene.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives and Detectives from the Multnomah County Major Crimes Team are currently interviewing officers and citizens. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23, 2004. Detectives have identified the robbery suspect. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives are seeking contact with anyone who may have information in this investigation. If you saw any portion of the crime and have not had contact with police call the Homicide Unit of the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-0479.

This investigation is continuing.



Portland Police have identified 39-year-old Bruce Perison Clark as the bank robbery suspect shot and killed during a confrontation with Portland Police Bureau officers on November 22, 2004. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as 41-year-old Officer Mike Smith, a 17-year veteran of the Police Bureau. Officer Smith is assigned to Northeast Precinct and is a member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT). Officer Smith fired four shots at the suspect and all rounds struck the suspect. The autopsy revealed that the suspect died of gunshot wounds.

All officers involved in the incident have now been interviewed and Homicide Detectives, along with members of the East County Major Crimes Team, have identified more than 15 citizen witnesses who observed some portion of the shooting. All officers involved in this incident will remain on paid administrative leave.



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