Police wound carjacking suspect in NE Portland
A Portland police officer shot and wounded a carjacking suspect Monday morning near I-84 and Northeast 122nd Avenue.
The suspect was transported to a hospital with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not immediately released.
No one else was injured. The officer who shot the suspect was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice when police investigate incidents involving deadly force.
The officer's name is expected to be released within 24 hours.
According to police, the incident began at 9:56 a.m. on Sept. 1 when North Precinct officers responded to the 122nd Avenue off-ramp from I-84 eastbound on the report of man walking along the ramp, armed with a handgun, pointing at passing cars. Additional callers reported that it appeared the man was trying to carjack drivers on the ramp.
An officer arrived in the area and the suspect pointed the gun at the officer, then ran through traffic on the freeway. Multiple officers arrived in the area and all freeway traffic was shut down.
At some point, police say, an officer fired shots and struck the suspect, who ran off the north side of the freeway and collapsed in the 11200 block of Northeast Fremont Street.
Officers began talking with the man, who refused to comply with commands and indicated he wanted officers to shoot him.
The Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene. SERT was able to safely approach the suspect, using an armored vehicle, take him into custody and provide medical aid. He was then transported to an are hospital .
A handgun was recovered next to the suspect. police did not immediately say whether it is a real firearm or a replica.
I-84 was closed in both directions during the incident and the early stage of the investigation. It reopened around 2 p.m.
Anyone who saw any part of the incident including the suspect point a gun at anyone and the shooting itself that have not already talked to police are asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.
The involved officer will be placed on paid Administrative Leave until the completion of the investigation, as is standard protocol.
Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office all responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.