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Sheriff's patrol car hits, kills pedestrian

A man died after being hit by a marked patrol car belonging to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The identity of the pedestrian is not being released until family members are notified.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - The scene of the crash on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Capt. Steve Alexander says the crash was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, April 29, in the 24000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The crash occurred just east of the intersection of Northeast Sandy and 238th Avenue. Investigators believe the deputy was traveling westbound on Sandy when he struck the man, who was not in a crosswalk. It remains unknown how the crash occurred.

Alexander says the deputy was on routine patrol.

The deputy involved in the crash was not physically injured in the crash and is receiving help from the sheriff’s office peer support group. He will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation is completed, a standard procedure. The deputy has worked with MCSO for six years.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team will continue to investigate, Alexander said, because the East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team was unavailable.

The crash occurred in an industrial area where Sandy Boulevard dead-ends east of the 24000 block. Employees at a local company area were forced to walk around the road closure to get to work.