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Vasile William Manta, 36, faces charges of attempted aggravated murder and identity theft

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Vasile William Manta, 36The man tied to a Gresham officer involved shooting has been taken into custody during an arrest that required deputies to, once again, discharge their firearms.

Vasile William Manta, 36, was arrested by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit deputies, who were searching for him in the area of Southeast 100th Avenue and Southeast Washington Street.

At 1:50 p.m. Monday, May 14, deputies saw Manta sitting in a car in the Burger King parking lot. While attempting to bring him in, Manta placed his vehicle in reverse and rammed a deputy's car. A deputy fired his weapon, hitting Manta, who was taken into custody and provided immediate medical attention.

Manta was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with critical injuries. He was booked on two outstanding arrest warrants for the charges of attempted aggravated murder and identity theft.

The involved deputy and witness deputies were placed on paid administrative leave, following standard procedure for officer involved shootings.

Manta had an earlier run-in with Gresham police officers Monday evening, April 30, after a traffic stop and subsequent pursuit on West Powell Boulevard. Officers found Manta inside a stolen minivan parked near Southwest Highland Drive and Southwest 11th Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, Manta rammed the officer's car and fled.

Near the 17800 block of Powell Boulevard, the minivan got stuck on a median, which led Manta to flee on foot while carrying a firearm. During the pursuit, an officer fired his weapon. Manta was not located.

The Gresham officer who fired his gun while chasing Manta is on paid administrative lead.

The officer involved in the arrest who shot Manta was deputy Matt Ferguson, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. He is being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau and the East County Major Crimes Team, and is also on paid administrative leave. Anyone with information on Monday's incident are encouraged to call Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Detective Brad Robertson at 503-988-0358, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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