Subject may have been a man suspected of following kids home from school around Wilson HS

Police action yesterday afternoon in Hillsdale left a man dead and a Portland police officer recovering from non-life-threatening injuries — and the incident be tied to earlier activity.

On March 12, around 3 p.m., from the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct and the Youth Services Division responded to reports by students that a suspicious male driving a van was following them walking home near Wilson High School.

Then, at about 4 p.m., an officer assigned to the extra patrol detail was shot and the shooter was also shot and killed.

It is not yet known whether the shooter and the male suspect the patrol detail had been monitoring were one and the same.

A firearm was recovered near the subject and the investigation is ongoing, according to police. by: CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Portland police were on scene at Capitol Highway and Sunset Boulevard Wednesday evening.

The chief of Portland police, Portland Police Bureau detectives, Mayor Charlie Hales, members from the Independent Police Review and the bureau’s Internal Affairs Division, the city attorney's office, the district attorney's office and detectives from other police agencies arrived to assist in the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the officer and the officer’s family right now,” Sgt. Greg Stewart, acting Portland Police Bureau public information officer, told The Connection last night. “Because it’s so early in the investigation, and because of the complexity with the early reports, it’s going to take a while for detectives to track all that (information) down.”

Stewart said he hoped to send out additional information sometime today.

Wilson High School Principal Brian Chatard stated via an email to the school listserv: "This incident did not involve students and, to my knowledge, no students witnessed the event, though many may have heard shots fired. An officer was shot during the incident, sustaining a non-life-threatening injury. There is no longer a threat from the perpetrator.

"I will share additional information when I have more details from the Portland Police Bureau. I am grateful to our Portland police for their work in our community."

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