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Man shot when ramming police car after pursuit

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers, investigators and detectives from both the Portland and Milwaukie Police Bureaus begin their investigations. The vehicle in the garden at rear was driven by the suspect, and wound up in that position after rebounding from the police car he rammed in an attempt at escape.Knowing that there were outstanding warrants for his arrest was probably why a former Lebanon, Oregon, man tried to flee from a simple traffic stop just before 8 am on Wednesday morning, June 11.

Just across the border in Clackamas County, two Milwaukie Police officers stopped a white SUV near the intersection of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Harney Street, across from the former White Stag corporate office.

When the officers ran the man’s identification, they found that the subject of their inquiry, 38-year-old, Travis Blake Utley, was indeed, a wanted man.

As they attempted to take Utley into custody, Utley drove away, heading west on S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard.

“When police attempted to conduct a high-risk traffic stop to take Utley into custody, Utley intentionally drove toward officers and rammed a police car with his vehicle,” said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The impact was so severe that SUV Utley was driving recoiled, and bounced up over the sidewalk and into a yard before it came to rest.

“The two Milwaukie police officers fired their weapons, resulting in Utley sustaining gunshot wounds,” Simpson went on. “The Milwaukie police officers on-scene performed CPR and rendered medical aid. Utley was transported via ambulance to OHSU, where he later was pronounced deceased.”

Because the shooting occurred within the City of Portland, detectives from the Portland Police Bureau were assigned as lead investigators in this case, Simpson said.

Neither officer was injured during the incident. The Milwaukie officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in this type of situation.

The subsequent investigation at the scene, conducted by the Portland Police Bureau, the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team, and the Milwaukie Police Department, closed the street to traffic for most of the day.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Portland Detective Chris Traynor at 503/823-0449.