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Officer, deputy involved in Gresham Station Shopping Center shootout identified, placed on paid leave.

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - An alleged bank robber was shot and killed by a Gresham Police officer and MCSO deputy near Gresham Station Shopping Center Tuesday evening, Jan. 4.An alleged bank robber was shot and killed Tuesday evening, Jan. 4, by a Gresham police officer and Multnomah County Sheriff's deputy after an armed robbery at a Gresham bank, high-speed pursuit across East County, a carjacking and a shootout with law enforcement near a busy shopping center.

The alleged bank robber was Roman Ivan Kokhanevych, 24, of Portland.

The law enforcement agents involved were Gresham Officer Mark Smith and MCSO Deputy Chad Phifer. Both have been placed on paid critical incident leave, which is protocol for both agencies.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Sheriff Mike Reese described the situation as 'chaotic.'"It was a very chaotic and dangerous incident," Sheriff Michael Reese said.

At 4:40 p.m. Kokhanevych robbed the Gresham KeyBank, 2600 block of Southeast Burnside Road, while brandishing a firearm. He has been connected to a series of armed robberies across the Portland-metro region in the past few weeks, police said.

MCSO deputies found Kokhanevych driving away from the bank in a white Mercedes SUV, with a female passenger, and pursued them toward Troutdale.

Deputies attempted to stop the SUV in Troutdale shortly before 5 p.m., leading to a pursuit involving Gresham and county officers.

The Kokhanevych led law enforcement officers north on Southwest 257th Avenue to Northeast Marine Drive, and then returned to Gresham southbound on 223rd Avenue. The car turned into a business park and ended up near Northwest Civic Drive and Northwest 13th Street, adjacent to Gresham Station Shopping Center.

Police report that while Kokhanevych was driving near Northwest Civic Drive he opened the car door and fired several times at pursuing deputies. Kokhanevych, and a female accomplice, exited the SUV and carjacked a driver at gunpoint, ordering the motorist to drive.

One county deputy and one Gresham officer fired their weapons at Kokhanevych. Police report "lifesaving aid was provided to the suspect by law enforcement. Shortly after, medical personnel declared the suspect deceased."

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - An alleged bank robber was shot and killed by a Gresham Police officer and MCSO deputy near Gresham Station Shopping Center Tuesday evening, Jan. 4The carjacking victim was rescued by officers and was not injured.

No bystanders were harmed, nor was the person who was carjacked.

"I am grateful our officers, the people at the bank, commuters and shoppers were not harmed," said Gresham Chief Travis Gullberg.

The female suspect, identified as 33-year-old Haley Hop, was taken into custody without incident. She is accused of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

Witnesses, many of whom were sheltering in place during the incident, reported hearing the gunfire.

Officer Smith has 31 years of experience, and has been with Gresham for 15 years. Deputy Phifer has served in law enforcement for 22 years.

Anyone who may have witnessed the bank robbery, shooting or car crashes are asked to contact the Major Crime Team by calling the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives at 503-988-0560 and referring to Gresham Police report number 22-00446.

Northwest Civic Drive was reopened at noon Wednesday, Jan. 5.

This story will be updated as more information is made available.


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