PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of setting a vehicle on fire was hospitalized after police shot him in Southeast Portland on Monday morning, according to authorities.
The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue responded to Southeast 83rd Avenue and Southeast Harrison Street at around 9 a.m. after receiving reports of the man setting a car on fire. Authorities say the suspect was armed but did not say what kind of weapon he had.
A struggle reportedly broke out when officers confronted the man, leading to police firing shots and striking him.
It’s unclear how many officers fired their weapons or how many rounds were fired.
Police told KOIN 6 News the man initially ran off after the gunfire — but he eventually surrendered and was then taken into custody.
The suspect is now being treated at a local hospital. His identity has not yet been released.
Meanwhile, the vehicle that was set aflame burned itself out after being fully engulfed by the fire, officials say.
The scene unfolded near Harrison Park School and the Portland Community College Southeast campus. Both schools were placed under lockdown but have since lifted those orders.
According to a release issued by PCC, the campus remained closed throughout the day due to the disruption. The school says all scheduled on-campus classes and activities were canceled for the day as well.
PPB’s Homicide Unit is handling the investigation.
Investigators say they believe there are more witnesses who might have information about the situation, and urge those who have not yet talked to police to reach out to Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portland.oregon.gov, 503.823.2092, or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503.823.4033. Reference case number 22-298161.