Police fatally shoot man in SE Portland after chase onto MAX tracks

A Portland police officer shot and killed a man as he ran on MAX tracks after a disturbance Wednesday night in Southeast Portland, police said.

No officers were hurt, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesman. The initial call reported a man in his 20s, Simpson said, but he couldn’t confirm the age or race of the suspect shot, only that he was male.

Transit officers arrived in the area of a transit station near 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street shortly after 7 p.m. and chased the suspect by foot north onto the tracks, Simpson said. One of the officers fired his weapon moments later, Simpson said, and the man fell to the ground.

More officers arrived and approached the man. He died at the scene despite responders’ medical aid, Simpson said.

Simpson said he didn’t have information about what led to the shooting or how many shots were fired. He said police haven’t identified the man who was shot.

He said he wasn’t aware of any arrests made in connection with the disturbance.

“This investigation will span what led police to the scene and everything that happened after that,” Simpson said. “So it’s a far-reaching case to make sure we get everything that is known — and everything we need to know — and what led to this.”

TriMet said the shooting disrupted MAX Green Line trains near Flavel. Shuttle buses served stations between Main Street and Clackamas Town Center.

Simpson said the Green Line will likely be shut down in the area for the rest of Wednesday night.

The officer who fired his weapon will be put on paid administrative leave, as is standard practice.

The officer-involved shooting is the third in Portland this year. Police shot Quanice Hayes and Don Perkins on the same day in early February. Hayes died, and Perkins recovered.

Grand juries ruled officers were justified in both shootings.

Police Chief Mike Marshman and Mayor Ted Wheeler showed up at the shooting scene later Wednesday evening.

Police ask anyone who has information about the incident and hasn’t already spoken to police to call detectives at 503-823-0400 or the non-emergency line, 503-823-3333.

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