1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 22, 2004 00:00
On Wednesday, December 22, 2004, at 12:48 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a reported fight in the area of Southeast 111th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. As the officers arrived a suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Nicholas Eric Rice, fled Southbound into the blocks. As Rice ran from the area, witnesses told the officers that Rice was armed with a handgun. As officers sealed the area they activated the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Air Support Unit.
After the Air Support Unit arrived they began a search using their recently installed Forward Looking Inferred (FLIR) which is designed to detect the heat signatures of humans. Within minutes they detected the heat signature of a person hiding near a tree in the back yard of a house near Southeast 114th and Southeast Clinton Street. SERT, who was just beginning it’s search, was immediately sent to the area and arrested the suspect. A short time later Rice led officers to a cocked and loaded 40-caliber handgun he had thrown into some bushes.
Without the application of FLIR, it could easily have taken hours for the SERT team to clear several square blocks. Containing the twelve-block area and conducting the search required at least 50 officers for the duration of the search.
Rice has been charged with one count each of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. He will be booked into the Justice Center Jail.
Sgt. Pete Simpson