1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
January 05, 2005 00:00
On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at 2:20 am, Southeast Precinct Lieutenant Jeff Kaer, a 43-year-old, 15-year member of the Portland Police Bureau shot and killed a suspect in a stolen car after a short confrontation. The incident began when Lt. Kaer stopped behind a reported stolen Oldsmobile near the intersection of Northeast 64th Avenue near Northeast Alameda Street. While subsequent investigation has revealed that the car was reported stolen on December 30, 2005, investigators have yet to determine if Lt. Kaer knew the car was stolen when he contacted the driver. Lt. Kaer exited his car and attempted to contact the unresponsive adult male driver. After receiving no response, Lt. Kaer opened the driver’s door and again attempted contact with the driver. A short time later, as Officer Lawrence Keller, a 45-year-old, 11-year member of the Portland Police Bureau, was arriving at the scene, the driver became alert and combative, actively resisting the officers’ attempts to control him. As the driver struggled with the officers, he reached up, placed the car in drive, and sharply accelerated driving into a nearby tree. Based on witness statements, investigators believe that almost immediately after hitting the tree, the suspect placed the car in reverse and quickly accelerated back toward the officers. Lt. Kaer fired two shots at the vehicle as it accelerated toward their position.
Immediately after the shooting, the vehicle stopped and began to move forward away from the officers. Officer Keller, believing the suspect was still a potential threat, discharged his Taser at the driver through the open window of the car. The vehicle slowed down enough for Officer Keller to reach in to the car, place the car in park, remove the driver, and begin CPR. The suspect died at the scene.
Homicide detectives were called to initiate an investigation. Late this morning, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner determined that the suspect died of a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. The deceased was not carrying identification and investigators have not determined his identity.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Grose at (503) 823-0757 or Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395.
This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
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