Portland Police Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year-veteran of the Bureau, is in the hospital and his canine partner, “Mick,” suffered fatal injuries after an early morning shoot-out Wednesday. The suspect is in custody.
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said the incident began with a break-in and burglary at Blumenthal Uniform Supply Store in southwest Portland. Police interrupted the burglary, but the suspects escaped and drove away.
After being chased by police, the suspects crashed their car at SW Capitol Highway and Dolph Court around 3 a.m., police said.
An armed man ran from the scene and began firing when a K-9 officer released his dog. The suspect shot at both the officer and the dog, then disappeared.
The two other suspects were detained at the scene.
An automated phone alert went out, warning neighborhood residents of the situation. They were told to stay indoors.
Chief Mike Reese told reporters the community was important in catching the suspect.
“He was trying to evade capture and we had citizens calling in to let us know where he was located, which allowed us to move resources into that area and take him into custody and that was critically important,” Reese said.
The suspected shooter was arrested at about 6 a.m., police said.
Police confirmed that the suspect’s assault rifle, which was missing for a time, was recovered.
The wounded officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The suspect was also injured, but officials do not yet know whether he was injured in the crash or from gunfire. His injuries are also non-life-threatening.
Police do not yet know if any items were actually stolen from the uniform store. Reese said he was concerned that the suspects might have been attempting to steal uniforms to impersonate police officers or other public officials.
Police said the animal had been killed by at least one gunshot wound.
“In this situation, the dog was doing its job. It was protecting our community. It’s tragic that we lost the dog,” Reese said.