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The Portland Police Bureau is investigating 'credible threats' against cops after death of armed suspect.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - This is the scene of the fatal July 27 shooting in the Hazelwood neighborhood.The Portland Police Bureau is investigating threats against officers and family members involved in the fatal shooting of an armed suspect in July 27 in Southeast Portland.

On Friday, July 29, the bureau said the threats are credible, using the term "doxing" to mean disclosing one or more residential addresses. Because of that, the bureau is not currently identifying the officers in the shooting.

"PPB is currently investigating concerns related to doxing and threats to PPB members and/or their families related to recent officer-involved shootings. The investigation of possible doxing and threats raises safety concerns for officers involved in shootings. PPB has determined that there are credible security threats to officers involved in recent shootings and therefore, PPB is withholding the name of the involved member during the pendency of the doxing investigation. Once the investigation is completed, PPB will reassess the security threat and will release the name of the officer involved in the shooting when the threat no longer exists.," the bureau said in a Friday release.

According to the bureau, the incident began at 8:17 p.m. July 27 when East Precinct officers responded to the 100 block of Southeast 126th Avenue in the Hazelwood neighborhood. Multiple 911 callers had reported that a person was in the front yard of a house firing a gun. Call takers at the Bureau of Emergency Communications could hear shots being fired in the background of the 911 calls.

Officers arrived and requested assistance from the Focused Intervention Team. During this incident, an officer from FIT fired their weapon, hitting the suspect. Paramedics were on scene to render aid but the suspect was declared dead at the scene.

The Mayor's Office was notified of the incident. At the scene, Assistant Chief of Investigations Jami Resch said, "The level of violence officers have been responding to is unprecedented."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. As part of the use of force review process, the police bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used and post-shooting actions. The case will go before the Police Review Board, which is composed of community members, bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Once the investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the bureau's open data page. Information available about past officer-involved shootings can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940.


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