Earlier this morning, at 8:39 a.m., a Portland Public Safety Support Specialist (PS3) responded to a stolen vehicle call in the 15300 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. When the PS3 arrived at the location he saw subjects around the vehicle, a blue pickup truck. As the vehicle was now a possibly occupied stolen vehicle, the PS3 requested an officer respond to the location. An officer from the East Precinct responded to assist and investigate. Sometime during the investigation, a suspect got into the vehicle and attempted to flee, striking the officer with the stolen car. The suspect then hit another vehicle, which was occupied by two people. The officer was transported to an area hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. An elderly female passenger from the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.
Additional officers responded to the area and quickly located the stolen vehicle but the suspect had fled on foot. Officers established a perimeter and are searching the area from Southeast 148th Avenue to Southeast 152nd Avenue, from Southeast Division Street to Southeast Stark Street.
The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team (MCT) has responded to investigate the hit and run to the officer and community member. K9 officers, the Air Support Unit, and officers from Gresham have responded to assist the East Precinct in efforts to locate the suspect.
“I was upset to hear about the injury to our officer and am thankful he is alive. I am also thankful to the officers who are working diligently to attempt to locate and arrest this suspect. This is another example of how dangerous our work is and highlights the commitment these officers have to serving the community,” said Chief Lovell.
No additional information is available at this time.