Police shoot, kill assault suspect in SE Portland

Police shoot, kill assault suspect in SE Portland

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 9:07 PM

PORTLAND -- Detectives shot and killed an assault suspect in Southeast Portland Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

It was the third metro-area officer-involved shooting in three days. 

The officers had been responding to reports of a pedestrian who was assaulted and robbed along the Springwater Corridor when the shooting occurred.

Simpson said the officers confronted the robbery suspect near where the Springwater Corridor meets Southeast Foster Road and he started swinging at them with a crowbar.

"Without provocation, the suspect attacked the officers while armed with a large metal crowbar. The officers, who were in very close proximity to the suspect, began backing away from the suspect in an attempt to disengage him and to create distance between themselves and the armed suspect. One officer fell backwards as he tried to create distance and the suspect continued to advance, swinging the crowbar," Simpson said.

The suspect continued swinging with the crowbar and another officer shot and killed him, Simpson said.

No officers were injured. The suspect's identity will be released later and an autopsy will be conducted on Friday.

Photos: Scene of officer-involved shooting

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Police Chief Mike Reese arrived at the scene around 7:30 a.m. to get a briefing from police.

The officers involved in the shooting were put on leave, which is procedure in this type of case. Their names will be released Friday, Simpson said.

At a morning briefing, Sgt. Pete Simpson, reflecting on the news of the week, said it has been a difficult few days for the metro area community. 
 

 

Foster Road will remain closed to all traffic from Southeast 101st Avenue to 112th Avenue during the investigation, which could take several hours.

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KGW reporter Ashley Korslein contributed to this report.

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