PORTLAND, Ore. — A man who held a woman hostage and was fatally shot by police during a standoff at a Southeast Portland motel has been identified as 30-year-old Samuel Rice.
The standoff began at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday when officers responded to a disturbance at the Del Rancho Motel, located at 7622 Southeast 82nd Avenue. Officers learned Rice was armed with a knife and reportedly tried to stab another person, according to Portland police Sgt. Chris Burley.
Officers then discovered Rice was in a room at the motel holding a woman hostage and threatening to kill her, Burley said. The crisis negotiation team and a special emergency reaction team responded to assist with the situation.
At some point during the standoff, an officer fired a shot, killing the suspect, according to Burley. No one else was injured.
The officer was identified as Kelly VanBiokland, a 24-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau.
Investigators said Portland police's Behavioral Health Unit recently attempted to link Rice to services, but he refused. Officers also took Rice to area hospitals on multiple occasions in the past for treatment of perceived mental illness, Burley said.
An investigation is ongoing and is expected to reviewed by a grand jury in November.