UPDATE: Portland Police Arrest Suspect After SERT Activation

UPDATE: Portland Police Arrest Suspect After SERT Activation

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January 10, 2012 04:45


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The suspect in Monday's shooting incident has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail. 28-year-old Darwin Leroy Stauffer was booked for three counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree, two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and one count of Burglary in the First Degree.

Stauffer will be arraigned sometime on Tuesday January 10, 2012.



This afternoon, Monday January 9, 2012, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division officer was conducting speed enforcement in the area of Southeast 136th Avenue and Foster Road when he observed a 1992 Honda Accord (later determined to be a stolen car) traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Foster Road. The officer pulled onto the roadway with the intent of stopping the vehicle for speeding but the vehicle traveled quickly out of sight eastbound on Foster Road.

Minutes later the officer came upon the car, heavily damaged, stopped on the north side of Foster Road and noted that the driver got out of the car and ran northbound and out of sight into a rural neighborhood. Additional officers arrived in the area and began setting up a loose neighborhood perimeter and asked for a K-9 unit to respond.

At approximately 2:33 p.m., Portland Police officers received information from someone at a residence in the 16000 block of Southeast Martins Street that a person came into the house and that the person was muddy and bloody. Information from occupants of the house indicated that they did not know the suspect.

Officers began to set up visual containment on the residence, believing that the suspect was likely inside. Information from neighbors was provided to officers that they heard something that was possibly gunshots but nothing was confirmed.

At approximately 3:11 p.m., police officers on the perimeter reported hearing gunshots from the house and that at least one bullet was fired past the officers position. The Portland Police Bureau?s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were immediately called to respond to the scene while officers continued to maintain a perimeter on the house.

As officers were awaiting the arrival of SERT and CNT, three subjects exited the house and were quickly taken into custody. Officers learned shortly after that the suspect was still in the house and based on information from the three subjects taken into custody, as well as a fourth subject with a small child that exited the house earlier, that the suspect was alone in the house and that at least one firearm was present.

Two of the subjects that left the house required some medical treatment for minor injuries they received in the house.

Crisis Negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect by loud-hailing the house and calling various phone numbers. Negotiators were able to learn of the suspects identity from information received at the scene.

After approximately 2 hours of attempting to get the suspect to answer the phone or leave the house, SERT deployed chemical munitions into the residence at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Within 5 minutes of the house filling with gas, the suspect came to the front door and crawled out to officers giving commands. The suspect was taken into custody and was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect is a 28-year-old male and will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a variety of charges, after detectives have a chance to further their investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation at this point and additional details will be released when they become available.

No police officers were injured as a result of this shooting.


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