Clackamas sheriff: Suspect killed in Milwaukie after pursuit
A suspect was killed after an attempted traffic stop led to a pursuit and officer-involved shooting in Milwaukie early Saturday, June 18.
The name of the deceased was not immediately released.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, deputies and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in the shooting, which happened just before 1 a.m. near the corner of Southeast Railroad and Wood avenues.
The chase ended in that area with the suspect's death, deputies said.
The overnight police pursuit led multiple agencies to the neighborhood. Some residents woke up to gunfire, not knowing what was going on.
"I woke up about 12:30 this morning, hearing gunshots and hearing a megaphone, police officers saying, 'Give yourself up, put your hands in the sky. We're not going anywhere so you need to give yourself up,'" neighbor Sue McDonald told KOIN 6 News. "That was said over and over for hours."
McDonald said while she couldn't see the suspect, she heard police negotiate for hours before more shots rang out.
"About 4:30, probably close to 5, before there was more gunshots," she said. "There was a lot of other things going on like sheriff's big truck came up. I don't know if it was a coroner's truck or what."
It's unclear why the suspect was originally pulled over or which agency was attempting the stop. It's also unknown if the suspect was armed or what led up to the police shooting.
McDonald said she was worried the suspect may be hiding on her property, so she turned her flood lights on.
"I did creep around my house and turned on flood lights in the back, not knowing if that was going to make the guy angry and shoot at my house to put out the lights or what," said McDonald. "It was scary but I was trying to do my duty to light up my yard in the front and back to see if it would help the police find him."
The area is back open after the investigation closed it for several hours. The Clackamas Interagency Major Crimes Team and County District Attorney's office are now leading the investigation.
CCSO declined to comment any further but said more information will be given next week after an autopsy is performed. The suspect has not been publicly identified.
Deputies shared few details in the release to social media and the exact events leading up to the shooting remain unclear. The CCSO did not immediately specify why they were originally stopped, whether they were armed or who fired their weapon.
The Clackamas Interagency Major Crimes Team and the county district attorney's office are leading the investigation into the shooting.
Authorities said more information will come from the DA's office next week after an autopsy has been done.
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