Portland police ID deceased carjacking suspect, say he did not shoot a woman after all

By AP staff (AP)
PORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 9, 2021 3:34 p.m.

Portland police released the name of the person suspected of taking cars at gunpoint before police fatally shot him on Interstate 5 and also said Wednesday he did not shoot a woman as previously reported.

The Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday that police shot and killed 30-year-old Brandon Keck on Monday. Police previously said officer John Hughes of the Portland Police Bureau shot Keck and is on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident is conducted.

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Police also reversed course saying a woman they said was shot by Keck on the freeway was not shot. Police said Wednesday they are trying to determine the cause of her injury.

Police have said Keck came to their attention through a home robbery in which a car was stolen and that police then received a report of shots fired about 2 miles away. Police were then told the suspect had abandoned the first car and forced passengers out of a second car at gunpoint, according to police.

Police tracked the stolen gray Saab before it went the wrong way on I-5 and Keck was shot, police said.

Police said they are still looking to speak with anyone with information about Keck and what happened on Monday.

Portland police block off a portion of I-5 after an alleged carjacking and shooting Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

Northbound Interstate 5 in North Portland was closed for hours on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, as police investigated the aftermath of an incident in which officers shot and killed a suspected carjacker.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff / OPB

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