Officer wounded, suspect killed in SW Portland

Officer wounded, suspect killed in SW Portland

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 12:08 PM

PORTLAND – One person was dead and a police officer was wounded in a shooting in Southwest Portland Wednesday, investigators said.

The shooting occurred around 4 p.m. across the street from Wilson High School in the Hillsdale neighborhood.

"We heard five gunshots and we all looked up," said student Perry Taylor.

The officer was shot in the hand and was taken to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment, according to Lt. Rich Chatman with Portland Fire & Rescue. Police say the officer's name will not be released for 24 hours to give time for family members to be notified.

Photos: Scene of police shooting

A second gunshot victim, believed to be the suspect, was shot in the head and died at the scene, Chatman said. Portland Police say a gun was recovered near the body of the suspect. His name has not been released.

“Portland Police Youth Services officers and Central Precinct officers were responding to the area of Wilson High School on reports of a suspicious vehicle. Officers arrived in the area and a confrontation ensued,” said Sgt. Greg Stewart with the Portland Police Bureau. “The investigation is still ongoing but one officer suffered non-life-threatening wounds and the suspect was shot and killed.”

People working in the area told KGW they heard gunshots before several police cars swarmed the area.

"It's very odd in this neighborhood," said Shane Muir.

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A section of Capitol Highway near Wilson High, at Cheltenham Street and Southwest Terwilliger Blvd., was closed for the investigation.

Around the same time as the shooting, police were investigating reports of a suspicious man in a van who followed two students as they walked home from school in the area earlier today. It's unknown if that person is the same man shot and killed by police. 

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales arrived at the shooting scene early Wednesday evening and talked with police.

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