Portland police have identified the man shot and injured by officers after a Saturday car crash as Joshua Degerness, a 39-year-old Portland resident. Degerness was booked into the Multnomah County Jail Wednesday evening after spending the past four days at OHSU recovering from his injuries.
The actions leading up to the Saturday evening incident remain hazy. According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), officers had attempted to pull Degerness over while he was driving near SE 92nd and SE Schiller, but Degerness did not stop his car. That's when PPB said officers used an unknown "intervention technique" to stop the vehicle, causing the Degerness to crash into a tree at SE Holgate and SE 88th, at the northwest corner of Lents Park.
Degerness did not immediately exit his car, instead staying inside the vehicle for more than a hour. PPB claim that gunshots were fired "at some point during the incident." It's not clear if Degerness fired a gun, but PPB said that officers believed he was armed. PPB has since identified two officers who fired their guns at the scene as Sergeant Norman Staples and Officer Kenneth Jackson.
Degerness is facing charges of attempted murder in the second degree, attempted assault in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and attempt to elude. His bail has been set at $285,000. According to court records, Degerness is on parole in Marion County for a prior theft charge.
It's not clear which charges prompted PPB officers to attempt to pull Degerness over Saturday night.