Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a statement in reaction to the violent crimes the last few days:
Yesterday, a suspect began a series of dangerous acts of violence toward members of our community. Ultimately, this resulted in an officer-involved shooting on the I-5 freeway.
Our Detectives are still seeking anyone who has information about the actions of this suspect prior to the shooting, or witnesses to the shooting, to come forward as we piece together a detailed timeline. While we understand members of the community are shocked and saddened by what occurred yesterday, we must balance the need for transparency with the responsibility to provide accurate information, while protecting the integrity of the investigation. We hope to release additional information following the officer's interview.
The last few days have been particularly violent, with shootings, four homicides, one fatal crash and an officer-involved shooting and all of the crimes prior to it. We know our community is concerned about the rise in violence and we are doing our best to respond and investigate these crimes. I know this violence causes trauma for our whole community, including our first responders. I want to commend the tremendous work by PPB members who respond to violent scenes and do their jobs with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and compassion, despite the toll it takes on them. And I also want to assure the community that we’re working hard to ensure Portland remains a vibrant and safe place for everyone.