Man in custody after barricading inside Gateway Fred Meyer


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man who barricaded himself inside Gateway Fred Meyer on Thursday afternoon is in custody.

Portland police officers seized a gun from an armed robbery suspect in Northeast Portland, June 6, 2019. (Portland Police Bureau) 

Police said an armed man robbed a nearby Kohl’s around 1 p.m. and then ran into the Gateway Fred Meyer and barricaded himself, spurring a massive police response. 

Officers found the man outside near Fred Meyer but he ran into the store. 

Fred Meyer was evacuated and a Special Emergency Reaction Team and a Crisis Negotiation Team responded to help. 

The man was taken into custody around 4 p.m.

A booking photo of Tommy Lee Brown Jr., June 6, 2019. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities identified him as 34-year-old Tommy Lee Brown Jr. and said he was found hiding in a storage area with a firearm. No force was used to take him into custody. 

All the shoppers and employees were safely evacuated from the store. Employees were led back into the building after the suspect was apprehended. 

Fred Meyer reopened around 4:45 p.m.

Brown was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of 1st-degree robbery, 1st-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm. 

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