Portland officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect


A Portland police officer shot and killed an armed robbery suspect early Thursday morning.

The shooting was reported in the 8300 block of NE Hancock Street, following a search for an armed robbery suspect.

A man sleeping in his car outside the Portland Value Inn on NE 82nd Avenue reported being robbed around 7:00 a.m., but it wasn't reported until about 7:30.

"The guy didn't want to report it because he was scared to death, which is okay because I would be too if I had a gun at my head," said motel worker Candice Cullens, who called police to report the robbery attempt.

A short time later, police received reports of a car prowler at the Banfield Animal Hospital. A car window was smashed out there. Customer Doug Morasch first spotted the damaged.

"I saw a car over here across the parking lot with the window broken out, the door ajar and the lights on," Morasch said. He alerted the car's owner, who went out to investigate. That woman told Morasch the suspect was still in the car, slouched over in the front seat. He left the area before officers arrived.

Officers said they found a man matching the suspect's description in a nearby neighborhood; he took off running when he was approached by police. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and searched the area with a canine unit.

An officer shot the man outside of a home on Northeast Hancock Street. Officials said police rushed in and started to give him medical attention, however he had already died of the gunshot wound.

Police didn't give details on why that officer opened fire.

"Well that's part of the investigation, and detectives will conduct their interviews of all the officers involved. And there's lots of different people that have different perspectives, from ear witnesses to eye witnesses, so we'll be going through that as part of the investigation," Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

Police said they found a handgun near the suspect. They also had evidence of a break-in at the home.

Investigators are withholding the man's name until his family members have been notified of his death.

The officer who shot the man was put on paid administrative leave, Simpson said.

From Portland Police: Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

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