Officer shot in SW Portland, suspect caught after massive search

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

PORTLAND -- A Portland police officer was shot and a suspect captured several hours later after an intense search that spread from Capitol Highway and Southwest 41st Avenue to the 6900 block of Oleson Road.

The officer's injuries were not life-threatening but his K-9 partner was shot to death, according to Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Police cordoned off  Capitol Highway from Primrose Street to 41st Avenue during the investigation.

"I want to emphasize we have an armed gunman in the neighborhood who has shot a police officer," Simpson said,  before the suspected gunman was captured.

Watch: Raw interview with Sgt. Pete Simpson

Neighbor David Bell told KGW he confronted the suspect after he was awakened by his barking dog in the garage. He lives about a mile-and-half from the original shooting location.

Bell said he had walked out on his deck and saw the suspect running away. He raced after the suspect, who pointed a rifle in his face and said he did not want to shoot, but would if he had to.

Bell said he had already called police and the next move was up to suspect. The suspect, who Bell said was bloodied and acting strange, ambled off.

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The incident was connected to a break-in at nearby Blumenthal Uniforms, Simpson said. He said it's possible the officer stopped the suspect's vehicle because it was involved in that break-in. The suspect exchanged fire with the officer but police have not said if he was also wounded.

The wounded officer's K-9 partner was found dead several hours after the arrest. He had been shot to death and was found under a hedge in the neighborhood near where the shooting took place, police said.

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The suspect did not have a weapon with him when he was arrested, but police said a rifle was found nearby.  Investigators believe the rifle was the weapon used to shoot the officer and his K-9.

Police activated an emergency phone system to notify neighbors to stay in their homes and to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. Surrounding cities sent officers to help with the search for the gunman.

Motorists should continue to use Barbur Boulevard or 45th Avenue for detours.

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