UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Pete Simpson said an hourslong search for an armed man in the Laurelhurst neighborhood is over Sunday evening after police took in a man matching the suspect’s description at a nearby location. That man was arrested on an unrelated warrant, and now the focus will shift from a search effort to an investigation to determine if the man in custody is the suspect they were looking for, Simpson said.
One person has been detained in the Laurelhurst shooting investigation. Neighborhood search is complete, shifting to investigative mode.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 28, 2017
Police say Laurelhurst residents are free to leave their homes but advised that there are two active crime scenes in the area that still need to be processed.
Police responded to a call of an armed man walking along the Laurelhurst neighborhood around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Their encounter with the suspect resulted in shots fired before the suspect fled. Officers pursued and encountered the suspect a second time near where police again fired shots at the suspect, according to a PPB press release. The suspect fled again and officers established a perimeter around the neighborhood and began conducting their search.
The area affected is in the Laurelhurst neighborhood, from East Burnside Street to Northeast Gilsan Street, Northeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevards, to 32nd Avenue, according to a Portland Police Bureau press release.
The incident occurred at roughly 6:28 a.m. Sunday when officers from the city’s East Precinct responded to a report of an armed man walking through the area of East Burnside Street and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. Police encountered the suspect shortly after on East Burnside Street. Shots were fired by responding officers during this initial encounter, and the suspect fled deeper into the neighborhood, according to police. Officers pursued and encountered the suspect a second time near Northeast Laurelhurst Place and Couch Street, where police fired additional shots at the suspect. The suspect fled again and officers established the current neighborhood perimeter to contain him.
Police describe the suspect as a white male in his 40s. He is roughly 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, looks to weigh about 180 pounds, and is wearing a green shirt with black pants, a black backpack, and a blue hat. Officers advised that he is armed with a handgun and may be limping or injured. Police have advised all residents to stay indoors and call 911 if they see or hear anything suspicious.
Officials are canvassing the neighborhood, going door to door in search for the suspect. They say the search is expected to last until 5 p.m. Sunday, unless the suspect is located sooner.