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Police shoot attempted murder suspect

Police shot a man in the Wilkes area following a short pursuit after an alleged attempted murder in Southeast Portland.

Joshua Stephen Baker, 27, of Portland faces allegations of attempted murder with a firearm, first-degree assault with a firearm and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

It all began at 3:54 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, when Portland police responded to a report of shots fired at the Hathaway Apartments in the 3300 block of Southeast 134th Avenue just north of Powell Boulevard, said Lt. Robert King, Portland Police spokesman.

When they arrived, they discovered that Vadim V. Kobenko, 38, had been shot. He is in critical condition at a hospital.

Officers went after the suspect — identified as Baker — as he fled the scene in a truck, speeding off in an attempt to elude officers. He crashed into a fence at Northeast 148th Avenue and San Rafael Street.

Police shot the man. When he continued to refuse to follow officers’ orders, the Special Emergency Response Team responded and took the man into custody without further incident. Police found a firearm believed to belong to the suspect at the scene.

Baker was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on Monday, Oct. 1.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Erik Stohmeyher, a 12-year veteran with the Portland Police Bureau, and Garry Britt, who’s been with the bureau for four years.

Detectives are investigating, as is the Independent Police Review Division and Internal Affairs, King said.




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