Update, 12/12, 8:30 pm: Portland police have clarified that two officers fired their guns at the unnamed driver Saturday—Sergeant Norman Staples and Officer Kenneth Jackson.
Original story, 12/12 10 am:
Portland police shot a man Saturday night after causing his vehicle to crash in Southeast Portland. The man, who has not been identified, is expected to recover.
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has provided little information on what prompted the incident, which began shortly before 8 pm Saturday. Here's what we know so far: PPB officers attempted to pull a driver over near SE 92nd and SE Schiller, but the driver did not stop. According to a PPB press release, that's when "an intervention technique was used on the vehicle by [PPB]," causing the driver to crash into a tree at SE Holgate and SE 88th, at the northwest corner of Lents Park.
"At some point during the incident, shots were fired," explains the PPB release. It's not clear how many officers fired their guns, or how many bullets were used. Officers believed the driver was armed, which prompted PPB to deploy additional officers with Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) to the scene of the crash. After negotiations that lasted until 10 pm, the man was arrested and taken to the hospital. No one else was injured at the scene.
It's not been made public why officers were trying to pull the driver over, or what he has been charged with.
This is the second police shooting in the past week. On Monday, PPB officers shot and killed a man accused of an armed carjacking on I-5 in North Portland. This is the seventh time Portland police have shot a member of the public in 2021. Four of those shootings have been fatal.