Officer's Injury Might Delay Shooting Investigation

posted by Brad Ford - 

Photo: KATU

Friday night, a 29-year-old man was wounded in an officer involved shooting in Portland.

The incident started at approximately 8:00 p.m. near the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer store when a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop the driver in a stolen car. The suspect attempted to elude officers in the vehicle and eventually crashed near Southeast 89th Avenue and Gray Street, which is in Clackamas County. 

The male suspect ran from the crash on foot, 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 and shots were fired. The suspect was injured by gunfire and was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment. The suspect is expected to survive his injuries. 

Officer Kameron Fender was bitten by a police K9. 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. 

Under Bureau policy, Internal Affairs investigators would normally schedule an interview with the involved officer within 48 hours of the incident; however, Officer Fender's injury and medical condition may make him physically incapacitated, leaving him unable to provide a statement within the prescribed time frame. As such, investigators will schedule an interview with Officer Fender as soon as practicable. 

"Our investigators are working diligently to determine what happened last night and we will release additional information when appropriate," said Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. "This is a traumatic incident for all involved and I'm thankful that neither the officer nor deputy were seriously injured and that the suspect was able to receive immediate medical treatment, potentially saving his life." 

The man who was shot has not been identified. He is expected to survive.

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