UPDATE: Portland police investigate officer-involved shooting

UPDATE: Portland police investigate officer-involved shooting

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July 29, 2012 14:30


UPDATE: UPDATE: The deceased man in yesterday's officer-involved shooting has been identified as 28-year-old Billy Wayne Simms.

The officer involved is Officer Justin Clary who is a ten year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau and he is assigned to North Precinct.

Portland Police Bureau Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Division worked late into the night investigating this incident processing the crime scene and interviewing over 30 citizens and officer witnesses.

Investigators have learned that 5 people were in the car that was shot at on 122nd at Southeast Division. The car contained 47-year-old Paul Polen and four other occupants ranging in age from 14 to 23. Investigators believe Polen and the other occupants were shot at by Simms prior to officers making contact with the car at Columbia and Fessenden.

Investigators have also learned that Simms is believed to be one of three suspects involved in a menacing with a gun at a residence in the 14100 block of Southeast Division that occurred at 12:20 p.m. also yesterday, July 28, 2012 just prior to the shooting at 122nd and Division.

Investigators have also learned that on July 23, 2012 that Simms is believed to be one of three suspects involved in an armed robbery of marijuana from a marijuana grow at a residence located in the 10400 block of Southwest Division. In that case officers learned that three suspects stole at gunpoint marijuana plants and one of the suspects fired a gun in the house prior to leaving. No one was injured. In this case the victim gave officers the license plate of the suspect vehicle and it matched the car Simms was driving yesterday at the Seven Eleven.

On July 20, 2012 Portland Police Officers assigned to Central Precinct took at report of a suspect attempting to pass a counterfeit 20.00 dollar bill at the McDonalds at 10050 SW Barbur Boulevard. In that case Simms was identified as a suspect again driving the same car he drove yesterday at the Seven Eleven.

In addition to conducting interviews investigators have processed the suspect vehicle for evidence and in the course of their search they have located handgun in the car.

The investigation is continuing. In the near future the Multnomah County Districts Attorney's Office will convene a Grand Jury. Following the Grand Jury the Portland Police Bureau will conduct an Internal Affairs Investigation. Once the Internal Affairs investigation is complete the entire incident will be reviewed by the Police Bureau Police Review Board.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this case to contact:

Detective Rico Beniga

Desk: 503-823-0457

Email: Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Correction: Officers confronted two men who had been in the suspect car as they exited the Seven Eleven. One suspect complied and was taken into custody and one man got in the car, started it and drove out of the lot. In the course of the encounter, one officer fired his weapon.

###Original Message###

On Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 12:28 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a call of a shooting at Southeast Division and 122nd Avenue. Initial information was that the driver of a dark colored car shot a handgun at another car that contained three people as they traveled south on 122nd Avenue. The suspect car was believed to be occupied with three white males in their twenties.

Officers learned through their investigation that the suspect car was in the area of Columbia and North Fessenden. Officers arrived in the area and saw the suspect car in the Seven Eleven parking lot. Because this car and its occupants had just shot at another car officers conducted a high risk traffic stop.

One passenger got out and cooperated with officers but the driver of the car pulled out of the lot and drove onto Fessenden. In the course of the stop one Portland Police Officer fired his weapon. Following the shot the car drove across Fessenden and through an exterior wall and into an apartment. The apartment was unoccupied and no one was injured.

After the car came to a stop in the apartment Officers called the SERT Team (Special Emergency Reaction Team) to the scene to assist in taking the suspect into custody. Once SERT made contact with the driver they had Portland Fire paramedics check the drivers condition and they learned he was deceased. The driver is a white adult male.

Supervisors on scene called the Police Bureau Homicide Detectives to the scene to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation.

The Multnomah County District Attorneys Office and the Director on the Independent Police Review Division were on scene as well along with Police Chief Mike Reese and Mayor Sam Adams.

The investigation is continuing.


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