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Domestic-violence suspect Robert Matthew Woodside, 51, pleaded guilty to assault in 2019 and completed substance-abuse treatment

Police have reported that a Milwaukie officer shot a domestic-violence suspect during the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 7.

Officers received a domestic disturbance report around 8 a.m. that involved a husband and wife at an apartment complex on Main Street. Police said the woman had called 911 to report that she was afraid of her husband after they had a physical altercation. While on the phone with 911, the woman locked herself in the bathroom, and dispatch reported hearing screaming in the background, police said.

Robert Matthew WoodsideAs officers arrived at the North Main Village Apartments housing complex, the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Robert Matthew Woodside, was leaving the apartment. Police said he was armed with a knife and "advanced quickly toward officers in a confined area."

Officers told him to drop the knife. A taser was also used, but police said it didn't stop the suspect from moving toward officers. That's when one officer shot Woodside.

Police took Woodside into custody and then to Oregon Health & Science University for medical treatment. Woodside is expected to survive, said police.

Officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while city officials and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team conduct an investigation. Those officers were not publicly identified by Milwaukie Police.

Police Chief Luke Strait said no officers were injured in the incident, and the woman involved in the altercation is OK.

According to county court records, Woodside was previously accused of domestic violence in 2018, but the charges were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to assault in 2019 and completed substance-abuse treatment.


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