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17 Sep 2014
18 Sep 2014
Police shoot robbery suspect in confrontation
UPDATE • 31-year-old man apparently had a pellet gun in his car
Four officers fired shots at a 31-year-old robbery suspect who apparently had a pellet gun in Laurelhurst Park Monday morning, police said at a press conference hours after the incident.
Police said Jonah Aaron Potter was in fair condition at an area hospital, recovering from what police called non-life threatening wounds.
The four officers involved in the shooting are Dennis Wilcox, a 21-year-veteran; Larry Wingfield, a 20-year-veteran; Richard Storm, a 13-year-veteran; and Tracy Chamberlin, a 14-year-veteran. All four will remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
When completed, the results will be presented to a Mutnomah County grand jury, as required by policy.
Police said Potter was wanted for a robbery on Southeast Belmont Street. A video of the robbery was released by police Monday afternoon.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Portland in this month. On March 13, Washington County tactic officers assisting the police serve a search warrant shot a man in North Portland. Police say he stepped out of his home with a gun during the raid. A grand jury will review the incident.
Portland police shot and killed another man with a fake gun on Jan, 24 of this year. Bradley Lee Morgan was suicidal when police say he pulled the gun on responding officers in a downtown parking garage. A grand jury cleared the officers of any crimes.
KOIN Local 6 News contributed to this story.