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Officer shot, suspect captured in Southwest Portland

by: KOIN NEWS 6 - Portland police squad cars parked outside Legacy Emanuel Medical Center following a reported officer involved shooting in SW Portland. A Portland police officer was shot and the suspect was captured after the extensive manhunt. The injured officer was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Police spokesman Pete Simpson said the officer's injuries are non-life-threatening and he is expected to survive. Simpson describes him as being in "good spirits."

The name and of the suspect was not immediately released. Simpson says he was was captured in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road, which is a significant distance from where the incident started. Simpson says the suspect was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

After the arrest, police found the officer's K-9 German Sheperd police dog dead under a hedge. It had been shot and killed. Police continued to hunt for the suspect's weapon, which may be an AR-15 rifle.

Simpson says tips from the public were critical in finding and arresting the suspect.

According to Simpson, the officer was shot during a traffic stop at Southwest Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street. The suspect fled into the neighborhood. He was described as a white male with a rifle, possibly an AR-15.

Some area residents heard gunshots and sirens in the area south of Multnomah Village around 2:30 a.m. Additional sirens followed.

According to police, the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to the area of Southwest Capitol Highway and Primrose Street to assist Central Precinct officers with an active tactical situation involving an armed man loose in the neighborhood.

Police closed streets throughout the area and urged neighbors to stay inside and immediately report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.

Area residents also received numerous calls from the city's emergency reverse 9-1-1 alert system, but some only said they part of a weekly test. They were later updated with more accurate information.

Other agencies that participated in the manhunt included: Tualatin Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.

KOIN News 6 contributed to this story.