PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police have not revealed whether a robbery suspect was carrying any weapons when he was shot by a Portland officer and seriously wounded two weeks ago in North Portland.
Police said that information is now protected due to an investigation.
On Oct. 25, officers were searching for a suspect in two robberies on North Lombard Street. The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, who handed notes demanding money at an Ace Check Cashing and a U.S. Bank branch. No weapons were shown during the robberies.
As officers searched the area around the robbery locations, they encountered 25-year-old Chase A. Peeples of Tacoma.
Portland police said Peeples moved toward officers while putting his hand in his pocket. Officer Ryan Reagan, a 19-year veteran of the police bureau, fired multiple rounds from his handgun, hitting Peeples.
Neighbors told KGW they heard six to eight shots fired.
At the time, police said no weapons were found at the scene, but Peeples’ clothes and backpack would be searched.
Now, Portland police say that information is protected, as the case could potentially go before a grand jury.
“Information such as the information you are requesting will not be released regarding this case until approval is given by the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Information about ongoing and pending investigations is not released to preserve the integrity of the investigation,” Portland police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley told KGW.
Burley said the case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office for consideration.