PORTLAND – A police officer was injured during a struggle with an armed suspect in downtown Portland Tuesday night.
The suspect, later identified as Frank Heselton, Jr., 19, was also injured. Both were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Two Portland officers were trying to arrest a man near the intersection of SW 12th Avenue and Columbia Street when they said the suspect pulled out a dagger.
The officers said they backed away and the man took off running.
“After a lengthy pursuit, they caught up with him at Southwest 12th Avenue and Salmon Street. While taking the man into custody, officers deployed a Taser. During the struggle, one officer and the suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries,” explained Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau.
Heselton was charged with two counts of attempted assault of a public safety officer, two counts of menacing, and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and unlawful use of a weapon.
The injured officer was identified as John Billard, an eight year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, who works with the gang enforceKing said Billard remained in the hospital overnight for treatment for two broken ribs, a bruised lung, and a head wound requiring seven staples. He was listed in good condition Wednesday.
Officer Billard is assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team.