Police shoot at suspect in Southeast Portland
Update: Guns belonged to fleeing 17-year-old
Portland police were involved in a shooting in the area of Southeast 153rd Avenue and Division Street around noon Tuesday.
According to police, no officers were injured in the shooting.
Early Tuesday morning, the police said a 17-year-old make had been lodged in the Donald E. Long Home after being released from the hospital. Police said the teen, who was not named, had been shot while running with a gun from officers. He is charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Before that, the bureau released the following statement about the incident:
This morning, Tuesday July 17, 2012, members of the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force were conducting surveillance on a location in Southeast Portland as part of an ongoing investigation. During that surveillance, they observed a man armed with a handgun get into a vehicle with some other men, and the vehicle left the area. Investigators asked for East Precinct uniform officers to conduct a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle, as they believed the armed man was an occupant.
East Precinct and Gresham Police officers stopped the vehicle at approximately 153rd and Southeast Division Street and conducted a high-risk stop, which is used when there is information that someone in the vehicle may be armed.
Vehicle occupants exited the vehicle and were taken into custody. The man investigators believe had the gun, got out and was not following commands and ran from the officers into the neighborhood.
At some point, a less-lethal beanbag was fired at the suspect. One Portland Police officer fired at least one round from his firearm. The suspect disappeared into the neighborhood and officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood and located the suspect, who was suffering from some injuries.
The injured suspect was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At this point, it is not clear how he suffered these injuries.
Officers searched the neighborhood for items the suspect may have dropped and they have recovered two (2) handguns.
As is standard in all officer-involved shooting investigations, detectives from the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, as well as detectives from the East County Major Crimes Team are at the scene and are in the very early stages of the investigation. Additionally, representatives from the Gresham Police Department, the City Attorney's Office, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Office of Independent Police Review, Internal Affairs, Traumatic Incident Committee, the Crisis Response Team, and the Chief's Office are at the scene.
No additional information can be released at this time and updates will be provided as they become available.
Southeast Division Street between 148th and 154th Avenues will be closed to all traffic for the next several hours as the investigation continues.
Witnesses at the scene largely confirm the statement. One woman said she saw two men and one woman inside the car. She said one of the men, and the woman, cooperated with the orders of the police.
The woman said that, as officers ordered the second man from the car, he refused to lift his shirt and suddenly ran from the scene. Neighbors reported hearing anywhere from two to six gun shots moments after the man took off running.
The other occupants in the car were not charged with any crimes and released.
KOIN Local 6 contributed to this story.