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I- 84 Shut Down After Police Shoot, Injure Suspect Threatening Drivers

OPB | Sept. 1, 2014 1:11 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 1, 2014 10:30 p.m.

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Update: All lanes of Interstate 84 were reopened at about 2 p.m., according to Oregon Department of Transportation. Also, later Monday, police released this photo and identified the suspect as 27-year-old Denorris Laron McClendon and asked those with information to contact them.

Police said McClendon is charged with 12 counts of Menacing, two counts of Reckless Endangerment and two counts of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and will be arraigned on Tuesday in Multnomah County Court. 

Officers were eventually able to take the man into custody.

Officers were eventually able to take the man into custody.

Conrad Wilson / OPB

Drivers on Interstate 84 in Portland called police Monday morning to report that a man was waving a gun at passing cars and threatening to carjack drivers along an off ramp.

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said that when officers arrived, the man ran through traffic on the freeway, and pointed a gun at them. One officer then fired shots and hit the suspect, who ran off the freeway and collapsed in the 11200 block of Fremont Street.

“It was a very dangerous and chaotic scene. Officers responded very quickly to the 911 calls,” Reese said. “We are still trying to understand why he (the suspect) engaged in this behavior and that will be part of our investigation as we move forward.”

Police told residents to shelter in place during the incident.

Police told residents to shelter in place during the incident.

Conrad Wilson / OPB

The incident shut down a section of I-84. Police told neighbors in the area to “shelter in place,” and began negotiating with the suspect. At first, police said he refused to comply and indicated that he wanted officers to shoot him. But eventually, officers were able to take him into custody. He was brought to a Portland hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police did not immediately release the identities of the suspect, or of the officer involved in the shooting. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure.

A handgun was recovered next to the suspect. Reese said detectives were trying to determine whether it was a real firearm or a replica.

I-84 was closed for about four hours during the Labor Day holiday. Police urged drivers to take alternate routes, and use surface streets in the city, while they processed the crime scene. 

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