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Police: Carjacking suspect waving gun on I-84 shot by officer

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Denorris McClendon, booking photo Denorris McClendon, booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man waving a gun who attempted to carjack drivers on Interstate 84 was shot by an officer on Monday morning, according to Portland police.

Traffic remained stopped on I-84 hours after the shooting while detectives were at the scene. 

Photos: I-84 police shooting shuts down highway for hours

Late Monday night, that man was identified by police as 27-year-old Denorris Laron McClendon. He has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being treated and released from a Portland hospital.

Police asked people to shelter in place starting at around 10 a.m. Monday on the 11200 block of Northeast Fremont Street.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene of what police described as an "active, ongoing tactical incident with shots fired."

Officers said McClendon had been "contained" at 10:30 a.m., as they attempted to communicate with him.

By 12:15 p.m., police said the scene was safe. Officers said McClendon was threatening people with a gun on I-84.

Officers said he refused to comply with their commands and stated he wanted police to shoot him.

Family members of the suspect said he was experiencing a "mental health crisis."

McClendon was shot by an officer near the highway, police said. He was taken to the hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

A handgun was found near the suspect. Detectives said they have not yet determined if the gun was real or a replica.

The Oregon Department of Transportation shut down I-84 in both directions in the area of 122nd Avenue for the police activity.

Fox 12 viewers sent in photos of people getting out of their cars during the closure, and even throwing around a football on the empty highway.

I-84 was closed between 181st Avenue and Interstate 205 until 2 p.m. Monday.

McClendon will be arraigned on Tuesday in Multnomah County Court.

He is charged with 12 counts of menacing, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of disorderly conduct in the second degree.

Police say the investigation is continuing, and additional charges may be added at a later time. 

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