Goose Hollow gunfire, standoff: Suspect identified

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An hours-long standoff that brought a massive police presence to Goose Hollow ended around 7 a.m. when a woman was taken into custody after exchanging gunfire with officers.

Sarah Michelle Brown, 26, was released from the hospital and lodged in Multnomah County Jail on Sunday for multiple charges stemming from Thursday’s officer-involved-shooting and burglary. 

She was lodged on the following charges:

  • Attempted aggravated murder
  • First-degree burglary (x2)
  • Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

The incident began around 3 a.m. when someone in a house in the 800 block of SW King called 911 to report someone trying to break into their house.

Police didn’t find anyone, but began to get reports from people staying at the nearby Parklane Inn and Suites Hotel that they had been burglarized. Police were then called back to the home on SW King around 3:30 a.m. about another attempted break-in.

This time, K-9 officers found the woman. She exchanged gunfire with officers and then ran and hid under the porch of a home.

Tracy Brechbiel, who is staying at the hotel, told KOIN 6 News, “We just heard pop-pop-pop. My wife asked, ‘What’s that?’ It was gunshots, then a fast series of 15 or so shots.”

Evidence markers dot the scene of a standoff in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, March 8, 2018 (KOIN)

Law enforcement sources told KOIN 6 News initial reports from the scene indicated the woman fired at officers first. However, officials briefed on the investigation now believe the woman pulled out her gun first and then pointed it at police — causing officers to fire at her in what they said was self-defense.

Two officers fired their weapons, KOIN 6 News learned.

At that point a swarm of police officers and command vehicles converged on the area along West Burnside, including SERT and the Crisis Negotiation Team. PPB Chief Danielle Outlaw arrived a little while later.

A robot was sent in to the surrounded area and the SERT unit stormed the porch around 6:50 a.m. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance with a non-life threatening injury.

Officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, standard protocol when an officer’s weapon is discharged. They were later identified as Officer Joseph Webber, a 13-year-veteran of the Bureau, and Officer Darrell Shaw, a 24-year-veteran of the Bureau. 

Investigators stayed at the scene throughout Thursday to gather evidence.

“What we’re planning on doing is bringing in our detectives to begin the investigation of what occurred today and the officer involved shooting portion of the investigation,” PPB Sgt. Chris Burley said.

Traffic on West Burnside between NW 21st and NW 23rd Ave was impacted but reopened around 8 a.m. Some houses on SW King Ave were evacuated due to safety concerns. 

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