UPDATE #3: Suspect Involved in Exchange of Gunfire with Police Officers Identified

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May 27, 2022 17:11

  

On Friday, May 27, 2022, the suspect was released from the hospital. Matthew R. Leahey, 36, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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Four officers were involved. They are:

-Officer Adi Ramic, a 12-year veteran of PPB
-Officer Michelle Petty, a 5-year veteran
-Officer Whitney Anderson, a 3-year veteran
-Officer John Bartlett, a 5-year veteran

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Detectives have confirmed that there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and four Portland Police Officers. During the incident it was initially believed that an officer was struck by gunfire. Officers assessed him and it was determined he was not. A semiautomatic handgun was seized as evidence.

The officers, all of whom are assigned to the Focused Intervention Team, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard protocol. They will be identified later today.

The suspect remains in the hospital with critical injuries. He is an adult male. He will be identified only after he is charged with a crime.

"This was an incredibly dangerous situation in a residential neighborhood where families live," said Acting Chief Mike Frome. "I'm so grateful that the officers and community members are okay. It highlights not only the danger officers face each day as they work to keep the community safe, but underscores the importance of addressing our gun violence problem."

The investigation remains active. No additional information is being released.

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A suspect was injured after an officer involved shooting in the Roseway Neighborhood.

On Friday, May 6, 2022 at 9:12p.m., two Portland Police officers assigned to the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) were on patrol when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple violations at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Mason Street. During the encounter the suspect was shot. An initial report that an officer had been shot was not accurate and no officer was injured.

The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries.

Per policy, the Portland Police Homicide Unit is on scene and investigating. If anyone has information about this incident and has not already spoken to police, please contact Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 or Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 and refer to case number 22-120339.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Investigators are expected to be here for several hours collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

"I'm grateful that no officers were injured," said Acting Chief Mike Frome, who responded to the scene. "There is a lot to be learned about what took place, and I respect the investigative process."

Acting Chief Frome, who is filling in for Chief Lovell while he's out of state, has briefed Mayor's office.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used, and post shooting actions. The case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members, and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau 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. Information available about past officer-involved shootings can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940 .

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