Gunfire reported near Portland protest at police union HQ
Portland Police declared a riot and made multiple arrests during the 93rd day of protests, this one held at the police officer union building in North Portland on Friday evening, Aug. 28.
Journalists on the scene also reported shots fired into the air around 2 a.m. Saturday, after much of the crowd already had been dispersed or arrested.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos wrote on social media: "There were gunshots. No one is hurt. The event is over" and posted a subsequent update saying, "Police have arrived, a witness says a car drove by and fired shots into the air."
Police have arrived, a witness says a car drove by and fired shots into the air pic.twitter.com/3prwfCCESy— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) August 29, 2020
Olmos also posted video of officers creating a perimeter around a shell casing found near the Lombard Street headquarters of the Portland Police Association building.
Authorities say a crowd gathered at Peninsula Park around 11:45 p.m. before marching to the PPA building, where a riot was declared just after midnight after protesters propped a mattress against the door of the barricaded building and set it and an awning alight using accelerants.
Police then declared a riot, and alleged that rocks and other projectiles were thrown at them as they used crowd control munitions, but not tear gas, while making arrests.
"The flames appeared to engulf the front door area of the building and nearly reach the roofline," according to a news release. "It is located in a residential neighborhood and there is concern that any building fire could spread to occupied homes, especially during the current stretch of dry weather."
Police bureau spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen confirmed that gunshots were reported on Lombard at North Denver Avenue at 2:09 a.m.
"We have no evidence it was protest related," Allen said in an email. "No injuries, no bullet strikes located. North precinct (officers) seized evidence and interviewed witnesses."
Anyone with information or video is asked to contact police and reference case 20-266181.
Earlier in the night and about a mile away, around 11:30 p.m. Friday, some 40 shots were fired at Farragut Park. One person later walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound.
10 shots have just been fired at Farragut Park. Police are canvasing the scene now. At this point, there is no reason to believe it is protest related. pic.twitter.com/DXlU93Ost9— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) August 29, 2020
On Aug. 19, police arrested a man who fired two shots while leaving a parking garage during a conservative counterprotest. Several improvised explosives also have been tossed at recent Portland protests, but no arrests have been made in those cases.
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