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Alexander Tadros

 Date: August 27, 2021

Subject: Alexander Tadros, 30

Involved Bureau Members: Officer Joshua Howery, Officer Jake Ramsey

Investigative Files

On Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:27 a.m., Portland Police North Precinct Officers responded to an apartment building the 1600 Block of North Willis Boulevard when members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were serving a warrant requested assistance. Portland Police Officers responded to that call for assistance and were not involved prior in serving the warrant.

The officers learned that a suspect had been threatening to shoot the federal agents. The officers learned that the suspect was armed. The Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to assist.

Officers began evacuating nearby apartment units for safety of the community. At about 7:30a.m, at least one shot was fired and a Portland Police Officer was shot and injured. Preliminary information is the shot came through a wall. The officer was transported to an area hospital and was released shortly after with an injury wound to the hip. 

Additional shots came from the suspect's location. Two Portland Police officers assigned to the Special Emergency Reaction Team fired their weapons: Officer Joshua Howery, a 20-year veteran of PPB, and Officer Jake Ramsey, a 4-year veteran.  

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Alexander Tadros was deceased. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy and determined that Tadros died from a single gunshot wound fired by an officer.

The Portland Police Bureau's directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer-involved shooting may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780  

On February 25, 2022, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, a grand jury returned a not true bill and found the use of force by Portland Police Bureau officers that resulted in the death of Alexander Tadros, 30, was not criminal under Oregon law. 

The case was presented by two Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys and two Assistant Attorneys General appointed by the Department of Justice at the request of DA Schmidt.  The grand jury heard from over 25 witnesses and listened to two days of evidence and testimony.

Pursuant to ORS 132.270, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will file a motion and request that the court authorizes the release of a grand jury transcript for public review. If the Court grants the motion, the grand jury transcripts as well as the investigative files will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page and can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175