Officer injured in confrontation with car thief after pursuit from Clackamas County
The Portland Police Bureau and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office are conducting a joint investigation into the Friday evening incident on October 19 that resulted in an injured officer and an officer-involved shooting.
This incident evidently began at about 8 p.m. near the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer store, when a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop the driver of a stolen car. The suspect attempted to elude officers in the vehicle, and eventually crashed near S.E. 89th Avenue and Gray Street, which is in Clackamas County.
The male suspect ran from the crash, leaving a female passenger in the vehicle. Additional Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies, and a Portland Police Canine Unit officer responded to the area to assist in the search for the suspect.
At some point during the search, officers encountered the suspect near 89th and S.E. Harney Street in Portland, and the officer-involved shooting took place. The 26-year-old suspect was injured by gunfire and was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment. The officer involved in the shooting, Portland Police Officer Kameron Fender, was seriously injured in the leg by a Clackamas County K-9 at the moment the shot was fired, according to a clarifying press release from the Portland Police.Officer Fender was treated and released from a Portland hospital early Saturday morning. Officer Fender is a nine-year-veteran of the Bureau, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division Canine Unit. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy involved in this incident was Deputy Jon Campbell, a 12-year-veteran of the Sheriff's Office, assigned to patrol. The suspect and Officer Fender are expected to survive their injuries.
The Portland Police Bureau will be the lead investigating agency on the officer-involved shooting portion of the incident. Still unclear at this point are whether the suspect was armed, what provoked the shot being fired, and where Officer Fender's own canine partner was at the time of the shooting.
The injured Portland Police officer will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the investigation and Grand Jury.