PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – One person has died following an officer-involved shooting in the Hazelwood neighborhood Wednesday night, the Portland Police Bureau said.
PPB responded to a report that someone was shooting a gun in the front yard of a home on Southeast 126th Avenue near East Burnside Street. Once officers arrived, police say an officer from the Focused Intervention Team fired their weapon — killing the suspect.
“The level of violence officers have been responding to is unprecedented,” said Assistant Chief of Investigations Jami Resch, who was on scene.
Witnesses who live nearby told KOIN 6 they saw a man shoot in the air, then aim at officers before police returned fire.
The name of the suspect or the officer involved were not immediately released.
PPB said it is conducting an internal review of the shooting before the case goes to the Police Review Board, a group of community members, law enforcement personnel and representatives of the Independent Police Review Division.
126th Avenue at Burnside Street to Stark Street is closed off while the Portland Police Homicide Unit investigates. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Simms at Brian.Simms@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-201695.
This marks the third officer-involved shooting this week.