Crime

Critically wounded suspect has long rap sheet

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Deputies were in the "right place at the right time" Monday afternoon, according to Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, when they found Vasile William Manta -- a wanted suspect with a dangerous, criminal past.

Manta, 36, had two active warrants for his arrest -- one for attempted aggravated murder in Gresham and another for identity theft in Clackamas County -- prior to Monday's officer-involved shooting. However, KOIN 6 News learned Tuesday that he's also a convicted sex offender.

On Monday afternoon, Manta was spotted by undercover deputies in the Burger King parking lot on Southeast 110th Avenue and Washington Street.

In the process of making contact with him, deputies said Manta reversed his car and rammed the deputy's car. As Manta tried to escape, the deputy fired his weapon. Manta was taken into custody and given medical attention.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he remains in critical condition. 

Lt. Marc Shrake told KOIN 6 News, "They were in the right place at the right time. He came into an area where they happened to be, and they were able to recognize him, which was outstanding police work."

Monday's incident wasn't the first time Manta rammed into an authority's car, according to Gresham police. On April 30, they said Manta drove into one of their officer's car when he was caught in a stolen minivan -- which is why they asked other agencies to be on the lookout for him.

"This is a significant case," Shrake said. "You don't have a lot of attempted aggravated murder out there. The guys and gals are always very diligent when they're out in the field doing their duties."

Manta also has a history of charges and convictions including burglary, drug use and parole violations.

When asked if Manta had weapons in the truck he was found in or if he fired at the deputy, detectives said they were still investigating the circumstances.

No deputies or bystanders were injured during the shooting.


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