Search for shooting suspect in Fairview over, suspect taken to hospital

Heavily armed law enforcement officials have descended on a neighborhood in Fairview, Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 to search for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in the state of Washington. (KATU Photo)

A search for a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting in the state of Washington is over, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Marc Shrake said SWAT team members found the suspect on Thursday evening inside a home near 6th and Lincoln Street. He said they surrounded the home and began communicating with the suspect.

While law enforcement officials were negotiating with the suspect, they said they heard a gunshot from inside the home.

Shrake said after the gunshot was heard, they were still able to talk to the suspect. When deputies went inside the home, they found the suspect was injured. Medics treated the suspect and he was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The suspect's condition isn't currently known.

No officers or anyone else were injured, Shrake said.

He said the assumption is that the suspect shot himself but he said detectives will still need to determine what happened. However, he said there was no one else inside the home.

Late Thursday night, the sheriff's office identified the suspect as 22-year-old Joshua D. Weber of Yakima, Washington.

The Search

Dozens of Multnomah County sheriff's deputies and members of other law enforcement spent hours searching for the suspect. The search started after deputies and U.S. marshals attempted to track down the suspect near the Motel 6 in Troutdale around 11:20 a.m. The suspect got into a car, led deputies on a chase, and eventually crashed at Northeast Halsey and 217th in Fairview.

The suspect ditched the car and fled on foot.

Deputies shut down NE Halsey from 207th to 223rd as they searched for the suspect. Roads between Halsey and Interstate 84 in the area were also closed.

Law enforcement officials went yard to yard in an area of a few blocks to search for the suspect.

Neighbors captured a drone on cellphone video flying around the home the suspect was barricaded in.

Dozens of people had to leave their homes during the search, while others were told to shelter in place. Neighbors who were trying to get home were told to wait.

"I've been sitting here for -- it's been a good 45 minutes," Jody Ybarra told KATU. "I have dogs at my house, and one of them is special needs."

Another man said he had been waiting for nearly five hours in his car.

"I just want to go home," the man said. "I get why they're here, but I only live three blocks within the perimeter."

Police did not budge though, until the standoff was over.

In addition to Multnomah County deputies, the U.S. Marshals Service, Troutdale and Gresham police and even TriMet, were called in. TriMet provided a bus to give those who had been evacuated so they could stay warm.

Shrake said he didn't have any information about the case the suspect is wanted for in Washington. The case is officially the U.S. Marshal Service's.

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