PPB: Suspected car thief shot by officers in NW Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who stole a pickup truck and drove across the metro area before he became trapped at a dead end was shot by officers early Sunday morning in Northwest Portland, police said.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers responded to a report of a stolen truck near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street around 1:30 a.m. When they found the truck near Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, they monitored the suspected car thief from the air as he drove at high speeds, sometimes into oncoming traffic, and nearly crashed more than once, PPB said.

The suspect briefly drove into Washington at 2:12 a.m., police said, and then drove back into Oregon, crossing the Fremont Bridge into Northwest Portland. He then went west up West Burnside Street to Southwest Barnes Road.

At 2:38 a.m., the suspect met a dead end on NW Ash Street where officers surrounded him, and police reported shots had been fired. Officers Ivan Alvarez and Jonah Gellman fired their guns, but no police were injured, PPB said.

“Officers were able to come in their cars from Miller to Ash and at that point there was shots fired. The specific details that lead up to the shots fired is under investigation,” said Lt. Greg Pashley, a public information officer for Portland Police Bureau.

Police said the suspect was arrested and taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was identified Sunday afternoon as Andreas Julian Pavel Boinay, 27. He was booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and attempt to elude in a vehicle.

Alvarez and Gellman, who have been with PPB since November 2019, will remain on administrative leave until an investigation is concluded, the bureau said.

A homicide unit is on the scene investigating despite police reporting no deaths in connection to the stolen car or shooting, PPB said.

Authorities asked anyone with more information to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503.823.4033 or Detective Brian Sims at 503.823.2079.

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