PORTLAND -- A Portland police officer was wounded, his K-9 partner killed and three suspects captured after a burglary and shooting in Southwest Portland early Wednesday morning.
The gunman fled after the shooting and an intense manhunt that followed stretched from Capitol Highway and Southwest Lobelia Street to the 6900 block of Oleson Road. The shooting suspect was eventually captured about three hours later.
Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, suffered gunshot wounds in both legs, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.
The 20-year-old suspect was also hurt, but investigators haven't said whether his injuries were from a car crash or the police shooting. His injuries were not classified as life-threatening, Simpson said.
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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said the investigation began with a burglary at Blumenthal Uniforms, a store that sells police equipment including tasers, pepper spray, body armor and clubs. Officers saw three suspects come out of the store and get into a white SUV, Reese said.
The officers chased the SUV, which eventually crashed. Two suspects were taken into custody but the third man tried to run away, Reese said.An officer released his K-9 partner to chase him down.
Shortly after that, the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire, Reese said. Officer Dorn was wounded, his K-9 partner, Mick, was killed, and the suspect fled into a neighborhood, armed with an AR-15 rifle.
Police cordoned off Capitol Highway from Primrose Street to 41st Avenue during the manhunt. An emergency phone system warned people living in the area to lock their doors and stay inside.
Neighbor David Bell told KGW he confronted the suspect after he was awakened by his barking dog in the garage. He lives about a mile-and-half from the shooting location but had not heard the police warning.
Bell said he walked out on his deck and saw the suspect limping away. He raced after the suspect, who pointed a rifle in his face and said he did not want to shoot, but would if he had to. The suspect then walked away.
The shooting suspect was eventually found and captured around 6 a.m. He did not have a weapon with him when he was arrested, but police said a rifle matching the description was found nearby.
Several hours after that arrest, officers found Mick dead under a hedge in the neighborhood near where the shooting took place.
Reese credited community members who called 911 and damn fine police work for catching the gunman.
Dorn later said he wanted the community to know, Mick saved my life.
We've had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today's incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be, Chief Reese said Wednesday afternoon. I'm very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners.
Portland police held a processional for the fallen K-9 from the shooting scene to a Southeast Portland veterinarian around 11:15 a.m.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales visited Officer Dorn in the hospital to thank him for his service.