PORTLAND, Ore. — Police are searching Northeast Portland's Hazelwood neighborhood for a wanted suspect who fired shots during a traffic stop Saturday evening, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said. Officers did not find the suspects but did confirm a police car was hit by gunfire.
Officers are searching the neighborhood and set up a perimeter which included Northeast 102nd Avenue to 108th Avenue and Halsey Street to Glisan Street. PPB asked people who live in the area to shelter in place Saturday evening.
Around 5:26 p.m. on Nov. 13, officers conducted a traffic stop for a wanted suspect in the area of Northwest 92nd Avenue and Halsey Street. The suspect drove away and officers used spike strips to deflate the vehicle's tires. PPB said at least two people jumped out of the vehicle and as they ran away, officers heard shots fired. No police officers were hurt.
PPB's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiators Team (CNT) are assisting.
"People might see police dogs and they're also probably [going to see] armored vehicles in the neighborhood and things like that," said Sergeant Kevin Allen with PPB. "Obviously officers in their tactical gear. I know that can be alarming to folks."
Just after 9 p.m., the shelter in place order was lifted by PPB. A spokesperson for the agency said that the officers had conducted their search and had not found the suspects.
Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell tweeted a series of statements saying he was appalled by the attempted murder and that police were still pursuing the suspects: