Suspect in custody, officer's K-9 partner missing
MULTNOMAH This morning, at approximately 2:51 a.m., a Portland Police K-9 officer was injured during a shootout with a suspect near Southwest Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street.
The officer, assigned to the K-9 Unit, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland's Eliot neighborhood for treatment.
The suspect fled the shooting scene on foot and and a large neighborhood perimeter was established along Capitol Highway.
The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to the scene and began assisting patrol officers in searching for the suspect, believed to be armed with an AR-15-type rifle.
The Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) initiated a reverse 911 call to area residents asking them to remain in their homes and to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious.
The Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit responded to the area and assisted with the search for the suspect.
Calls to 911 by residents assisted police officers in locating the suspect in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road in Washington County. The suspect was contacted by SERT and taken into custody without incident.
The suspect, a male adult, has been transported to a Portland area hospital for treatment to unknown injuries.
No additional suspects are outstanding and there is no risk to the public.
Officers have not located the suspect's rifle and are continuing to search the area for the gun. Anyone finding this rifle or other suspicious items in their yard are asked to immediately call 911.
The K-9 officer's partner/dog is believed to be injured and lost somewhere in the area of the shooting. Multiple officers are continuing to search the area for the K-9 and are asking for the public's help.
Anyone seeing or hearing sounds of an injured German shepherd are asked to immediately call 911. The photo being released is of the K-9 and he will be wearing a Portland Police Bureau harness/vest. Anyone seeing the dog should not approach him as he may be in significant distress.
The investigative phase into the shooting is now beginning and detectives are at the scene.
Traffic along a large section of Capitol Highway, from Multnomah to Barbur Boulevard, is closed and commuters are advised to seek alternate routes.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the injured officer is in good spirits and is mostly concerned about his K-9 partner. He and his family request complete privacy at this time.
Updates on the investigation will be provided later today.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the numerous officers and firefighters from Metro agencies that responded to assist, including Tualatin Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.