FAIRVIEW, Ore. – Recent population growth has ushered in an increase in crime to the city of Fairview, and the department’s police chief said his small staff is struggling to keep up.
On Tuesday morning, a man was shot inside an apartment after police responded to reports of a man talking to himself, said Chief Ken Johnson of the Fairview police.
The incident comes less than a month after another officer involved shooting and two months after a woman was found murdered in Fairview’s Blue Lake Park.
Johnson said recent population growth in east Multnomah County has increased crime, putting a strain on the small police department that employs 15 officers and has only one who patrols at night.
"This is not typical at all for this little town," Johnson said. "What it is telling us is that we're continuing, as growth spreads out east, that our small city is having great difficulty keeping up with the influx of problems in our town."
The officer involved in Tuesday's shooting was put on paid administrative leave, which is protocol for a shooting investigation.
Johnson said the reduced staff is taxing the department's already limited resources.
"We're hurting staff-wise already," he said. "This is an extremely stressful time for us."
Johnson said he hopes the city council takes notice of the rise in crime in the Fairview area and increase the police department's budget so he can hire additional officers.
KGW Reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.