1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
February 26, 2005 00:00
Homicide Detectives and members of the East County Major Crimes Team responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. Vitale suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to Emanual Hospital. He will be charged with one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder and is expected to survive his injuries.
All three witnesses stated that, prior to the shooting, they heard the officer’s order Vitale to drop his knife numerous times. Witnesses stated that Vitale ignored the commands and continued to ignore the officer’s commands after the shooting.
The officers, a 34-year-old hired in 2003 and a 32-year-old hired in 1998, have been placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rich Austria at (503) 823-0449 or Detective Kenneth Whattam at (503) 823-0696.
This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson