Officers identified in hospital shooting
Police have identified the three officers involved in the fatal Sunday night shooting at Portland Adventist Medical Center in Southwest Portland.
All three are assigned to East Precinct afternoon shift. They are: Sergeant Nathan Voeller a 12-year-veteran; Officer Andrew Hearst, a 3-year-veteran; and Officer Royce Curtiss, a 7-year-veteran.
All three have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated. No officers were injured in the incident.
The name of the man killed by police has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
Mayor Charlie Hales responded to the scene Sunday night after being notified by police. He declined public comment though his office.
On Monday afternoon, police released more details about the incident in the following statement:
The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting on Sunday evening in the parking lot of Portland Adventist Medical Center (PAMC), located at 10123 Southeast Market Street.
On Sunday February 17, 2013, at 9:24 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to PAMC on the report of someone in the courtyard armed with a black handgun. As multiple officers were enroute, additional information was broadcast that the suspect was a patient and was currently in the employee parking lot. Additionally, information was given to 9-1-1 dispatchers that the suspect pointed a gun at a PAMC Security vehicle.
As officers and sergeants began arriving in the area, they immediately began to develop a plan to safely address the situation. Officers requested that PAMC go into lock-down and a Sergeant requested that Project Respond and Portland Police Air Support be called out to the scene. Additionally, a K-9 Unit and Medical Personnel were asked to respond.
Officers encountered the suspect in the PAMC employee parking lot and began giving him commands. During the course of the encounter, three officers fired shots at the suspect, who fell to the ground. Officers immediately approached the downed suspect with a ballistic shield and rendered medical aid. Medical personnel checked the suspect and confirmed he was deceased.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. The suspect's name will be released after he has been identified and family notifications have been done.
The three involved Bureau members are all assigned to East Precinct afternoon shift: Sergeant Nathan Voeller a 12-year-veteran; Officer Andrew Hearst, a 3-year-veteran; and Officer Royce Curtiss, a 7-year-veteran.
As is standard procedure, all three involved members will remain on paid administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation and are scheduled to be interviewed on Wednesday February 20, 2013.
To protect the integrity of this ongoing officer-involved shooting investigation, no additional details on this case will be released until sometime late Wednesday.
Once the investigation is complete, the entire case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office who will schedule a Grand Jury.
Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Office of Professional Standards, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office were at the scene on Sunday night and have been briefed on the status of the investigation.