A manhunt is underway for two suspects who fired several rounds at officers during a Saturday night traffic stop in Portland, Oregon.
One round struck the rear of a police car but no officers were injured in the shooting.
“As chief and as a member of the Portland community, I am appalled and outraged at these acts of murder,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lowell said in a statement Sunday.
“Facing one’s death can be traumatic and jarring. Last night was a challenging situation, but as usual, bureau members dealt with it with courage and dedication.”
The incident began when officers opened a traffic stop on a wanted suspect in East Portland around 5:30 Saturday evening.
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The suspect tried to evade the officers but the car stopped when the vehicle’s tires were hit with spike strips. Two suspects, a man and a woman, then fled on foot.
“Officers were pulling to challenge them and when they jumped out, they were shot,” a police spokesman said at the incident Saturday night.
Authorities issued a shelter-in-place order for the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood but were removed shortly before midnight after an extensive search.
Portland has seen an 83% increase in homicides in 2020, and already surpasses a record 72 homicides in 2021 this year.
The city cut its police budget last year, but Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed a $ 5 million investment earlier this month to add 200 more officers and buy body-worn cameras.
“Many Portlanders are no longer safe in their city,” Said Wheeler At a news conference on Nov. 3
“Business owners have closed shops for fear of doing business in high-risk areas. Passengers are worried about their safety, going for public transportation or on foot. Parents are afraid to leave their children outside.”