Police shoot, injure bank robbery suspect after stolen car chase through East Portland

Police presence in NE Portland (KATU News photo)

Police shot and wounded a bank robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon after a police chase through Southeast Portland.

The suspect is expected to survive his injury. An officer sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The pursuit started just before 1 p.m. when officers spotted a stolen Chevy Blazer driving on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard at SE Clinton Street.

Police linked the vehicle to a bank robbery that happened about 9:30 a.m. in Aloha.

“[The Chevy Blazer] was taken, actually, during a burglary earlier today out of Yamhill County,” Portland Police Sgt. Chris Burley added.

The suspect led police on a chase through some nearby neighborhoods before crashing the stolen SUV near NE 55th and Burnside Street. Police told the driver to surrender, and one of the officers fired at the suspect.

Sgt. Burley said they are still investigating to find out whether the suspect also fired a gun in the incident.

Portland Police will interview the involved officer within 48 hours of the shooting after the bureau reverted back to a policy set back in 2014. The previous 48-hour rule blocked Portland officers who used deadly force from being interviewed for two days.

Officials haven't released the name of the suspect.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.

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