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Auto Theft Discharges Handgun During Pursuit

June 25, 2005 00:00



On Saturday, June 25, 2005, at 4:38 am, Portland Police officers responded to the 200 block of Northeast Billinger Drive after receiving information of a possible auto theft or car prowl in progress. The first officer arrived at the scene just as suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Nicholas Eric Rice, successfully started a car he was in the process of stealing. Immediately after starting the car, Rice drove onto the sidewalk and almost hit a citizen. Rice continued Northbound where he sideswiped two parked cars and then hit a third parked car head-on. Rice fled on foot as the responding officer gave chase. While pursuing Rice from a distance of approximately one hundred feet, the officer saw the muzzle flash from a handgun and heard at least two gunshots. The officer terminated the foot pursuit and guided additional officers into the area. Officers sealed off several square blocks and activated the SERT team. Officers continued their search until approximately 7:30 am, when they located Rice and took him into custody. No officers or citizens were hurt and no officers discharged their weapons. Officers are continuing their search of the area in an attempt to locate the handgun. Rice has been arrested and charged with four no-bail felony warrants, one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, three counts of Hit and Run, and one count of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call Detective Mary Wheat at (503) 823-0400.

This investigation is continuing.


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