Portland Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in southeast Portland.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said officers responded to the report of a crash near Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Southeast Stark Street that involved a vehicle that was reportedly taken by force in the 7500 block of Southeast Knight Street earlier that day.
Police said the driver of the car ran away before officers got there. Police later found the suspect inside the Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter on 526 Southeast Grand Avenue.
Police said as officers tried talking to the man, shots were fired. Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots.
A witness posted video on Instagram of the shooting, writing in the caption, “Graphic! Police protected us, had to shoot man.”
Police said the suspect is deceased. No officers were hurt.
The man has not been identified, and police have not said if he was armed.
Per policy, the involved officers will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation and grand jury.
In a press release Sunday, Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw released a statement regarding the shooting. "The Portland Police Bureau values human life and accepts the authority to use lethal force with great reverence. I am aware a video was taken of this incident by a community member and that video was posted to the internet. Please be reminded that deadly force investigations are extremely complex and take time. The Police Bureau is committed to transparency and will ensure the entire investigation is released in a timely manner that does not impact the integrity of the investigation." The ACLU of Oregon is calling for a “prompt, thorough, and transparent investigation” into the shooting. The following is a statement from executive director David Rogers: “Bystander video of the fatal shooting of a man in a homeless shelter in Portland last night raises serious questions about how police handled the situation and whether lethal force was called for. Trained police officers should use the least amount of force necessary.
“The video shows a disturbing and chaotic scene of people in the shelter running and yelling in fear, while others looked on, including one person in a wheelchair, as Portland Police officers enter the building with guns drawn. In less than a minute, officers shoot and kill the man, while members of an already traumatized population, Portland’s homeless community, watch in horror. Was there any attempt to de-escalate the situation before officers open fire inside the homeless shelter full of innocent bystanders? If not, why not?
“We join many in the community by calling for a prompt, thorough, and transparent investigation into this shooting. The public deserves to get a detailed account of why this man was shot and what actions Portland Police took to avoid yet another fatal shooting.
“This marks the fifth fatal shooting by police in Oregon in 2018, putting it on track to be one of the deadliest years yet. Such excessive force by police is particularly disturbing given its disproportionate impact on people of color. Drastic changes are needed in our approach to public safety. Law enforcement in Oregon should treat all communities with dignity, employ restraint on police power, and use only the degree of force necessary to maintain the community’s safety.
"Were it not for the bystander video, Portlanders would again have no record of an interaction with police that turned deadly. To provide more objective evidence of police encounters, law-enforcement agencies should adopt use of body-worn cameras. Body-worn cameras could increase transparency, promote police accountability, and help ensure interactions with community members are fair and lawful.”Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also released a statement on the shooting. “Last night officers responded to multiple calls for service regarding a suspect that ultimately ended in an officer involved shooting. The loss of a life is always tragic. My priority is to discover the facts and circumstances regarding this incident. Already, there are those who want to immediately define what happened. It would be highly irresponsible for me to participate in speculation at this time. I urge us all to allow investigators to do their work, to uncover the facts, and to report on their findings.”Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.
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