Update on Officer-Involved Shooting - Suspect Identified

Update on Officer-Involved Shooting - Suspect Identified

February 19, 2013 12:25


The suspect killed in Sunday night's officer-involved shooting has been identified as 50-year-old Merle Mikal Hatch.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and determined that Hatch died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators have learned that at the time of his death, Hatch was a Federal fugitive being sought by the U.S. Marshal's Office on an original charge of Bank Robbery. Additionally, investigators have learned that Hatch was a career criminal with arrests in California, Arizona and Colorado on a variety of charges including Burglary, Bank Robbery, Theft, and Homicide.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the initial call to Portland Adventist Medical Center and the subsequent shooting is continuing and no additional information will be released until after all investigative interviews have been completed.

The next information release will likely occur in the late afternoon of Wednesday February 20, 2013.

A photo of Hatch is being released to the public as detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about him, especially in the Portland area. Hatch appeared to have multiple aliases so someone may know him by a different name. At this point, there is no information on previous Portland Police contacts with Hatch.

Anyone with information about Hatch is asked to contact Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395 or Bryan.Steed@PortlandOregon.gov.


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