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Joshua W. Degerness (injured)

Date: December 11, 2021
Subject: Joshua W. Degerness, 39
Involved Bureau Members: Sergeant Norman Staples, Officer Kenneth Jackson

On Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:51p.m., East Precinct officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Schiller Street. The suspect eluded the officers. An intervention technique was used on the vehicle, causing it to crash at Southeast Holgate Boulevard and Southeast 88th Avenue. At some point during the incident, shots were fired. Officers began negotiating with the suspect attempting to convince him to surrender. The suspect was reportedly armed, so SERT and CNT were called out. After lengthy negotiation, at about 10:00p.m., the suspect was taken into custody and transported to the hospital by ambulance. The suspect, Joshua W. Degerness, 39, was released from the hospital on December15, 2021 and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Attempt to Elude (vehicle).

The officers involved were Sergeant Norman Staples, an 18-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau assigned to East Precinct, and Officer Kenneth Jackson, a 6-year veteran assigned to the Specialized Resources Division.  

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  

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page and can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175