I-205 reopens after fatal Clackamas deputy-involved shooting
Interstate 205 reopened early Thursday morning after closing overnight during a pursuit and Clackamas County deputy-involved shooting which left one dead.
OPB has identified the suspect as Wesley Smith Chance, 32. No deputies or officers were injured during the incident.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office began chasing Chance from a domestic disturbance call. After heading into Portland, police deployed spike strips to stop Chance, a law enforcement source told OPB, causing his vehicle to crash near Southeast Market Street.
Officials said Chance ran from the car and into southbound lanes where the deputy-involved shooting happened, killing him on the scene.
Chance reportedly crawled out of his car and attempted to stop other vehicles with what appeared to be a gun. Police later discovered the gun was not a real firearm, according to the law enforcement source.
"One CCSO deputy used deadly force. The involved deputy's name will be released by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office at a later time," Portland police Sgt. Kevin Allen said.
The fatal shooting is the third since June 2021 involving the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office pursuing suspects. On June 7, deputies shot and killed 44-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright, and on Sept. 27, a deputy shot and killed 26-year-old Nathan Thomas Honeycutt.
In September, Clackamas County Sheriff Angela Brandenburg implemented a policy limiting when deputies could engage in pursuits, after the chase of a shoplifting suspect resulted in a fatal hit-and-run involving a third vehicle. Under the new policy, county deputies are only supposed to engage in pursuits when they believe a person has committed a felony crime.
Portland Police closed the freeway in both directions around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and reopened it nearly six hours later.
A KOIN 6 News crew saw Portland police, Clackamas sheriffs and Oregon State Police on the scene on I-205 between Stark and Division Street and an overturned car in a northbound lane.
This story will be updated when more information is available.
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