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PPB: Exchange of gunfire led to man being shot, injured by officers in NE Portland

Suspect remains in hospital with critical injuries
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 10:37 PM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – A suspect was injured in a shooting by police officers on Friday night in northeast Portland, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

PPB said just after 9 p.m. Friday, two officers with the Focused Intervention Team were on patrol when they made a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple violations at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Mason Street. During the stop, the suspect was shot. The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

After further investigation, PPB said there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and four officers. During the incident, it was initially thought that an officer was shot. After being assessed, it was determined he was not. Police said no officers were injured.

PPB said all four involved Focused Intervention Team officers are on paid, administrative leave during the investigation:

  • Officer Adi Ramic, a 12-year veteran of PPB
  • Officer Michelle Petty, a 5-year veteran
  • Officer Whitney Anderson, a 3-year veteran
  • Officer John Bartlett, a 5-year veteran

Police said the suspect remains in the hospital with critical injuries. He will be identified only after he is charged with a crime.

The investigation is expected to take several hours of collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. The homicide unit is investigating per policy. If anyone has any information, you’re asked to contact detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9773 or detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0457.

“I’m grateful that no officers were injured,” acting police chief Mike Frome, who responded to the scene, said in a statement. “There is a lot to be learned about what took place, and I respect the investigative process.”

Frome, who is filling in for chief Chuck Lovell while he’s out of state, has briefed Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office.