A Portland Police Bureau officer and elderly community member were both seriously injured after an unknown suspect caused a hit-and-run in a stolen pickup truck.
At 8:39 a.m. Sunday, July 24, a Portland Police Bureau public safety support specialist (PS3) responded to a stolen vehicle call in the 15300 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. The PS3 found people around the reported stolen vehicle, a blue pickup truck, and requested support.
An officer from the East Precinct responded to assist and investigate, during which a suspect got into the stolen car and attempted to flee, allegedly striking the officer. The suspect then struck another vehicle, occupied by two people.
The officer was transported to an area hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, while an elderly female passenger in the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital.
"I was upset to hear about the injury to our officer and am thankful he is alive," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "I am also thankful to the officers who are working diligently to attempt to locate and arrest this suspect."
After the alleged hit-and-run, the suspect was able to flee on foot, avoiding a perimeter established by officers around Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast 152nd Avenue, from Southeast Division Street to Stark Street. K9 officers, the Air Support Unit, and officers from Gresham also responded to assist in search efforts, which ultimately were unsuccessful.
"This is another example of how dangerous our work is and highlights the commitment these officers have to serving the community," Lovell added.
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