The Portland Police Bureau is investigating an overnight officer-involved shooting out near SE Foster and Springwater Corridor Trail, according to a statement the bureau put out a little before 7 am. It's the bureau's third police shooting this year.
According to the statement, officers were responding to a "reported robbery." It doesn't say how many officers were involved or provide any other circumstantial details, promising some kind of update after 9 am. No officers were injured, it says, but "the suspect's condition at this point is not known." I guess we'll find out later if this call started near the trail, which is known for overnight camping, or if it just happened to end up there.
Update 9:45 AM: Dirk was out at the press conference this morning, and police are confirming the shooting was fatal, but they're not confirming, not yet, whether the man they shot was homeless. The shooting happened on the Springwater Corridor trail around 6 am after a pedestrian reported being robbed. A police spokesman, Sergeant Pete Simpson, says the suspect they approached came at the officers with something like a crowbar.
Update 8:10 AM: Nick Christensen, reporter for Metro's news bureau and a former Lents neighborhood president, said he heard just two shots from his home, which isn't all that far from where the shooting happened.
@theriaultpdx FWIW, I heard two shots, in quick succession, same caliber. But I'm a half mile away.
— Nick Christensen (@NickCPDX) June 12, 2014
Foster is closed through part of Lents, from SE 101st to 112th. The trail itself, where it intersects Foster, also is closed, says Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org. KATU has posted some aerial shots of the scene, and several outlets have reported the arrival of Mayor Charlie Hales and Police Chief Mike Reese, among the standard complement of officials who show up in person for briefings at officer-involved shootings.
This morning's shooting was the first involving Portland police since April, when Paul Ropp, one of a group of burglary suspects, was accused of shooting at police chasing him through backyards in SW Portland and killing a police dog. The first this year, in March, saw Officer John Romero shoot Kelly Mark Swoboda, a suspected kidnapper who'd been tailing students near Wilson High School. That ended an almost-12-month stretch without a shooting.
Portland police, meanwhile, are helping to investigate a shooting earlier this week involving Milkwaukie police officers.