May 10, 2017 23:10
The Portland Police Bureau and East County Major Crimes Team are in the early stages of an officer-involved shooting investigation that occurred early Wednesday evening. No officers were injured in the encounter that left one person deceased.
On Wednesday May 10, 2017, at 7:03 p.m., a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a male in his 20s was threatening people on the TriMet Flavel Street Transit Station. Transit Police Division officers responded to the scene and shortly after arriving were involved in a foot pursuit with the suspect. During the foot pursuit, which led onto a bridge over Johnson Creek on the north side of Flavel Street, there was an encounter with the suspect and one officer discharged his firearm, striking the suspect who fell to the ground.
Additional officers arrived and approached the suspect with a shield for officer-safety, then began rendering immediate medical aid until paramedics arrived. Paramedics determined that the suspect was deceased. Preliminarly information indicates that no officers were injured during this encounter.
The officer who discharged his firearm is a member of the Portland Police Bureau and was partnered with a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy as part of their assignment to the multi-agency Transit Police Division. A West Linn Police Department officer assigned to the Transit Division was also near the scene of the encounter.
Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation and do not yet have any identity of the suspect, or are they able to confirm the suspect's age or other identifying information. Details about the crime scene or the specific information that led to the shooting are not being released at this time as there is an active investigation this evening.
Anyone with information about this incident that has not already spoken to police may call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or the Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Generally, the Bureau releases the name(s) of the involved officer(s) and the identity of the deceased within 24 hours, pending investigative need and family notifications.
Once the investigation is complete, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will present the case to a grand jury, which is standard procedure. Transcripts of grand jury testimony are generally recorded and provided to the public in a timely manner.
The involved officer will be placed on paid Administrative Leave until the conclusion of the grand jury, which is also standard procedure.
Chief Mike Marshman and Mayor Ted Wheeler were at the scene this evening as well as representatives from the Office of Independent Police Review, Professional Standards Division, Training Division, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Forensic Evidence Division, TriMet, and various partner agencies included in the Transit Police Division.
As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.
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
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