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Sheriff's Office swears in new comfort dog (Photo) - 05/20/24

This morning, Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell swore in the agency's new comfort dog, Burton.

Burton is a 3-year-old, long-haired German Shepherd. As a comfort dog, Burton and his handler, Deputy Kerri Oman, will respond to calls for service to relieve stress and anxiety for families, community members and first responders, attend community events, and be an overall support to our agency. 

Law enforcement members face highly stressful situations on a daily basis. Studies have shown that having a comfort dog present can lower blood pressure, have a calming effect and improve cardiovascular health. 

“Burton will be a valuable resource for alleviating stress and anxiety for our members and providing support during times of crisis,” Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell said. “I am also hopeful that Burton will help facilitate community trust and confidence by breaking down barriers and encouraging positive interactions between MCSO and our community.”

We would like to specially thank Working Dogs Oregon for partnering with us and donating Burton to the agency. As well as, Theresa's Country Feed & Pet in Wood Village for donating one-year of food for Burton and Banfield Pet Hospital on SE 82nd Ave for donating veterinary care.

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Hiker Dies After Fall in the Columbia River Gorge (Photo) - 05/20/24

A hiker died after falling near the Oneonta Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to a call that a hiker had fallen from a cliff west of the Horsetail Falls trailhead. When deputies arrived, another hiker was performing CPR. Cascade Locks Fire & EMS personnel arrived and pronounced the hiker deceased at approximately 4:35 p.m.

The deceased hiker is identified as 22-year-old Elisha Angelic Macias, of Hillsboro, Oregon. 

Macias was hiking with friends on the Oneonta Trail. MCSO deputies determined, at some point, Macias separated herself from the group and went off trail. No one in the group saw her fall. It is estimated that she fell 50-60 feet.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR) activated to assist the Multnomah County Medical Examiner in recovering the hiker’s body, and volunteers with Trauma Intervention Program Northwest (TIPNW) responded to provide trauma-informed resources and care for all effected.

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Deputies respond to an overnight shooting in Troutdale, one injured (Photo) - 05/10/24

Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a shooting that occurred near the intersection of SW 26th Street and SW Abbott Circle in Troutdale at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. 

Deputies learned one person arrived at an area hospital in a personal vehicle with a gunshot injury. Deputies searched the area for the suspected shooter. No suspect or suspects were located. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Detective Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information on this incident who has not yet spoken to deputies is asked to contact the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560.

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Update: Barricaded suspect in custody, identified (Photo) - 05/10/24

Update on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 a.m.:

The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Bradley Paul Wyatt. He is currently charged with burglary in the first degree and criminal mischief in the first degree. Wyatt is being held in jail on a state parole violation.

Additional charges may be filed. The case will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.


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Law enforcement officers arrest a man after he broke into an occupied home in Fairview and barricaded himself inside for several hours.

On May 9, 2024, at 3:30 p.m., Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call from a homeowner in the 200 block of Bridge Street in Fairview. The caller reported that an unknown man was trying to enter their home. The caller, and other occupants, were able exit the house and meet deputies down the street. Deputies established a perimeter around the home to keep the suspect contained to a single location and protect surrounding neighbors. During the call, deputies learned that the suspect may have had access to weapons. In response, incident command activated the East Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. East Metro SWAT is comprised of Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies and Gresham Police officers, and includes members specially trained in crisis negotiation and drone operations.

After obtaining an arrest warrant for the suspect, the SWAT team entered the home and took the man into custody without further incident, at approximately 11 p.m.

The suspect will be identified in a future press release after they are booked into the Multnomah County jail.

No injuries were reported by the home’s occupants, the suspect, or law enforcement officers.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the cooperation and patience of all residents impacted by the police activity.

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Absence of funding for critical positions is a detriment to community safety (Photo) - 05/08/24

On April 25, the Multnomah County Chair’s Office released its countywide proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2025. The following public statement is attributed to Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell:

“While I am relieved that the Chair’s Fiscal Year 2025 proposed budget includes funding to maintain the County’s 1,130 jail beds, I am very concerned that it does not include funding to support human resources positions needed for hiring corrections deputies to operate the jails. The proposed budget also eliminates a detective position dedicated to investigating violent crime and a deputy responsible for responding to court-ordered firearm dispossessions. These decisions hurt community safety, not support it.

In every recent jail report and audit, understaffing in corrections is identified as the most pressing issue. Understaffing results in an overreliance on mandatory overtime, which is proven to cause burnout and attrition. It is not fiscally responsible nor is it sustainable. This affects adults in custody, contributing to a loss in programs and services that ultimately impact their health and wellbeing. The Sheriff’s Office has requested funding for human resources positions in nearly every budget cycle since 2020. I strongly encourage the Chair to reconsider this decision.

Equally troubling is a lack of financial support for key community safety functions in gun dispossession and investigations. Currently, MCSO is operating with less than half of the investigative personnel of neighboring sheriff’s offices. Specifically, the absence of funding for detective positions primarily focused on violent crime, including firearms and child abuse cases, increases the likelihood of investigative delays and that more of these gun and child crimes may not be fully investigated.

Amid these grave circumstances, on Wednesday, May 8, Multnomah County awarded our Detective Unit with the Committee’s Choice Award. This accolade recognized the exceptional work of our detectives to resolve hundreds of criminal cases, predominantly child abuse, firearms and Ballot Measure 11 crimes. I congratulate the members of this unit for their resiliency, and I urge the Chair and Board of Commissioners to provide the funding necessary to continue this vital work.

Likewise, the loss of a gun dispossession deputy will limit MCSO’s efforts to reduce gun violence. Data shows gun dispossession is critically important to reducing violence and intimidation, especially among families and domestic partners. Gun dispossession removes firearms from people who are ordered by the court not to have them.

I recognize the Chair and Board of County Commissioners have tough decisions to make, and I believe not funding these positions comes with significant impacts to community safety.

I am committed to my partnership with the Chair and Commissioners, and I encourage them to invest in the programs and services vital to building safer and stronger communities.”

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting its budget to the Board of County Commissioners tomorrow, Thursday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Board meetings can be streamed on an electronic device by visiting the Multnomah County Board YouTube channel. The formal adoption of the budget occurs in June.

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Drug seizures in 2024 on pace to surpass record high 2023 year (Photo) - 05/03/24

Earlier this year, Multnomah County declared the fentanyl crisis an emergent risk to public health, safety, and the continuity of essential services to the community. The detrimental impacts of fentanyl are seen by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in our daily work. Our Law Enforcement Division has been actively participating in the county’s 90-day emergency work group to provide perspective and align resources in combatting the spread of fentanyl in the county.

MCSO has a dedicated team that focuses on disrupting and dismantling large drug trafficking and criminal organizations in Multnomah County. The Dangerous Drugs Team (DDT) initiates investigations based on information received from a variety of sources, including patrol deputies, community members, confidential informants and other law enforcement agencies. This team is funded by High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and is comprised of MCSO members and a FBI special agent, a Gresham Police officer, a Parole and Probation officer, and two Oregon National Guard analysts.

Deputies and detectives continue to see a steady flow of fentanyl into Multnomah County and Oregon. In the first four months of 2024, the Dangerous Drugs Team has seized: 

DrugQuantity Seized in PoundsPercent of Total Seizures
Cocaine4.46%
Meth3.63%
Heroin.752%
Fentanyl powder27.7 89%
Fentanyl pills26,248 pillsN/A

 

Additionally, DDT has seized 59 firearms during their investigations. These recovered guns include “ghost guns,” which are guns without a serial number, stolen guns, and guns used in other crimes.

In 2023, MCSO had a record year of drug seizures, with 92 pounds of fentanyl taken off the streets, compared to just 4 pounds the previous year.

“The sheer volume of drugs DDT is removing from our community is astounding and highlights how widespread the crisis is,” said Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell. “I appreciate DDT’s tenacity in facing this emergency head on.”

Public Safety Advisory:

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now reporting that laboratory testing indicates 7 out of every 10 pills seized by the DEA contain a lethal dose of fentanyl.

MCSO wants to remind the public that one pill can kill. The DEA reports that it only takes 2 milligrams of fentanyl — about the weight of a few grains of salt — to cause a fatal overdose. Today, six out of ten DEA-tested pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. To learn more about the scope of the fentanyl crisis, visit the DEA’s Fentanyl Awareness page. Information about addiction services and recovery support in Multnomah County can be found here

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Homicide Investigation Underway in Northwest Multnomah County - 04/29/24

A disturbance at a residence in northwest Multnomah County ends with one man dead and one man taken into custody.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to a disturbance with a weapon at a residence in the 18000 block of Northwest 6th Avenue in northwest Multnomah County. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a 44-year-old male suffering from significant injuries to his neck. A responding MCSO Deputy and two Portland Police Officers immediately began rendering aid until EMS/fire personnel arrived. In spite of life saving efforts, the man died at the scene. A 42-year-old male remained at the scene and was taken into custody. There are no outstanding suspects, and there is no threat to the public. 

The East County Major Crimes Team is investigating this as a homicide. The East County Major Crimes Team consists of detectives from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Gresham Police Department, the Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.