Police respond to officer-involved shooting, bombing and homicide on Sunday
Portland police responded to three serious incidents Sunday, including one where an officer fired a gun but no one was hurt, the bombing of a TriMet bus stop, and a death in the Pearl District.
The officer-involved shooting incident began at 2:24 p.m. Sunday, June 28, as a premise check call at a vacant residence in the 7900 hundred block of Southeast Sixth Avenue. According to police, Central Precinct officers responded to the scene when a subject was encountered and one officer fired. The officers retreated to a position of safety and called for additional resources, including medical assistance, to respond.
Police believed the subject might be armed, so the Special Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team were requested. The Explosive Disposal Unit also responded.
A shelter in place order was put into effect for the safety of those in the surrounding neighborhood. SERT and CNT personnel deployed a robot into the residence, the subject was safely taken into custody, and the shelter in place order for the surrounding neighborhood was rescinded.
The involved officer is identified as Laurent Bonczijk, a 7-year veteran assigned to Central Precinct, who will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of the official force investigation. As part of the use of force review process, the bureau will conduct an internal review of the incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board, which is comprised of community members, bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.
"We are relieved no one was injured during this dynamic incident," said Police Chief Chuck Lovell. "There is a lot of information to be gathered about what transpired today, including internal and external reviews. I extend my gratitude to all of the area residents who were impacted by this event, as well as all of our PPB members who were involved and responded in various capacities."
A few hours later, at 5:16 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call about a subject who left a backpack at a bus stop and an explosion that followed. The location was a bus shelter in the 800 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue.
Officers responded and arrested the subject believed to be involved. The subject was checked by medical personnel at the scene and it was determined there was no injury. No one else was injured.
Anyone has information about this incident is asked to call 503-823-3333.
Before those incidents, at 1:17 p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call at an apartment in the 1600 hundred block of Northwest 14th Avenue. During the investigation, the response turned into into a death investigation.
Detectives with the Homicide Detail responded to the scene. The investigation is being conducted with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
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