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Rioters cause extensive damage to the Justice Center in Downtown Portland (Photo) - 05/30/20

On Friday, May 29th, demonstrators gathered at the Multnomah County Justice Center in the 1100 Block of SW 3rd Ave in Downtown Portland. At 11 p.m., demonstrators began smashing windows and vandalizing the building. Flares and other incendiary devices were thrown into a ground-level office while Corrections Records staff were working inside. Staff quickly evacuated to a secure location within the Justice Center. The building’s fire sprinkler system activated and doused the fires, but caused extensive water damage.

The Justice Center is now cleared and secured. Multnomah County’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) is on scene and will remain at the Justice Center indefinitely. The East County Major Crimes Team is responding to thoroughly investigate these crimes and will hold people accountable for the destruction caused.

“I am incredibly disappointed in Friday night’s actions that put staff, adults in custody and the public in extreme risk,” Sheriff Reese said. “This could have had tragic consequences in a corrections setting.”

UPDATE: MCT identifies troopers involved in I-84 pursuit, officer involved shooting on May 14, 2020 - 05/21/20

UPDATE AS OF 05/21/2020

The East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team (MCT) continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting, use of deadly force and carjacking event that occurred on Thursday, May 14, 2020 east of Troutdale.

MCT has determined five Oregon State Police Troopers are involved in the deadly force incident.

Troopers identified who used deadly force in the officer-involved shooting:

  • Sgt. Kaipo Raiser, hired in 1994 and is currently assigned to The Dalles Patrol Office.
  • Sr. Trooper Mark Jubitz, hired in 2007 and is currently assigned to The Dalles Patrol Office.
  • Sr. Trooper Fred Testa, hired in July of 1997 and is currently assigned to the Portland Area Command.
  • Recruit Jered Coates, hired in May of 2019 and is currently assigned to the Portland Area Command.

Trooper identified who used deadly force in the Tactical Vehicle Intervention:

  • Trooper Joshua McNeely, hired in July of 2017 and is currently assigned to the Portland Area Command.

Following standard agency protocol, these troopers are on paid administrative leave.

During the high-speed pursuit, wanted murder suspect Grayson Morris, 26, shot at Troopers multiple times while traveling on I-84. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation of these crimes.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is handling the homicide investigation in Ritzville, Wash.

Morris is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and no further information at this time.

 

EARLIER RELEASE ON 05/14/2020

On Thursday, May 14, at approximately 10:23 a.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Oregon State Police that troopers were pursuing a person of interest linked to a homicide investigation in Adams County, Washington. The suspect was driving westbound on I-84 toward Multnomah County at a high rate of speed. It was reported the suspect fired multiple shots at troopers while traveling on the freeway. During the pursuit, the suspect stopped several times and exchanged gunfire with troopers.

Near Rooster Rock State Park, the suspect reportedly carjacked a vehicle from a bystander. At approximately milepost 18, eight miles west of Rooster Rock State Park, officers stopped the vehicle using pursuit intervention tactics. After the vehicle came to rest in a field, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect has been identified as Grayson Morris, 26. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation and booked into jail on charges of:

  • Attempted murder, four counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, four counts
  • Robbery in the first degree, one count
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one count
  • Attempt to elude, one count

The East County Major Crimes Team responded to the location and is leading the investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation closed I-84 in both directions for several hours. At 2:45 p.m., eastbound lanes reopened. Westbound lanes will remain closed indefinitely because multiple crime scenes need to be processed.

Troopers who fired their weapons have been place on paid administrative leave as standard procedure in officer-involved shooting investigations. This is an ongoing investigation and as such, no further information can be released. Further media inquiries should be referred to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. ###

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Multiple agencies pursue wanted murder suspect, ends in arrest (Photo) - 05/14/20

On Thursday, May 14, at approximately 10:23 a.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Oregon State Police that troopers were pursuing a person of interest linked to a homicide investigation in Adams County, Washington. The suspect was driving westbound on I-84 toward Multnomah County at a high rate of speed. It was reported the suspect fired multiple shots at troopers while traveling on the freeway. During the pursuit, the suspect stopped several times and exchanged gunfire with troopers.

Near Rooster Rock State Park, the suspect reportedly carjacked a vehicle from a bystander. At approximately milepost 18, eight miles west of Rooster Rock State Park, officers stopped the vehicle using pursuit intervention tactics. After the vehicle came to rest in a field, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect has been identified as Grayson Morris, 26. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation and booked into jail on charges of:

  • Attempted murder, four counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, four counts
  • Robbery in the first degree, one count
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one count
  • Attempt to elude, one count

The East County Major Crimes Team responded to the location and is leading the investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation closed I-84 in both directions for several hours. At 2:45 p.m., eastbound lanes reopened. Westbound lanes will remain closed indefinitely because multiple crime scenes need to be processed.

Troopers who fired their weapons have been place on paid administrative leave as standard procedure in officer-involved shooting investigations. This is an ongoing investigation and as such, no further information can be released. Further media inquiries should be referred to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. ###

Marine deputies urge caution when visiting rivers this weekend, media availability - 05/07/20

With sunny skies and daytime temperatures forecasted to climb into the 80s this weekend, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is expecting a very busy weekend on the water. Over the past month, Marine Unit deputies have noted a significant jump in river use, as boating, fishing, paddling and open water swimming are allowed under the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home’ order.

“The weekends over the past month have been as busy, if not busier, than a summer day with temperatures higher than 100 degrees,” Marine Sgt. Steve Dangler said. “We want people to enjoy our local rivers, but we also want people to think ahead, follow health and safety guidelines and to be careful, as water temperatures are still very cold.”

River temperatures are hovering in the 40s and 50s, and in some locations, the water is moving swiftly. Swimmers can experience shock when they suddenly hit cold water. Cold water shock can immediately impact a person’s ability to move, breathe and swim.

Approximate current river temperatures:

  • Willamette River at Portland: 57 degrees
  • Clackamas River at Oregon City: 52 degrees
  • Sandy River at Bull Run: 45 degrees
  • Columbia River at Vancouver: 55 degrees

Agencies have responded to a number of water rescues recently, and unfortunately, two people have drowned in metro-area rivers since April 15. In the separate cases, paddlers fell into the water. They were not believed to be wearing life jackets. Life jackets are currently available at kiosks, however, many of the popular swimming areas and parks remain closed, and lifeguards are not staffed until Memorial Day Weekend.

“I urge everyone to use caution when going into the water,” Dangler said. “If you do visit the river, lifejackets should be standard equipment.”

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Sgt. Steve Dangler is available for interviews at 1:00 p.m. at the James Gleason Boat Ramp located at 4325 NE Marine Drive. News media can designate a pool photographer for a boat ride along.

Guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation include:

  • Plan ahead and come prepared.
  • Be safe and responsible by choosing activities within your comfort zone.
  • Limit your recreation activities, and recreate only with people in your own household.
  • Keep at least six feet between you and others on boats and while enjoying the outdoors. Launch one boat at time to ensure others have enough space to launch safely and securely.
  • Check what’s open before leaving home. Your favorite park or boat launch may be closed, or need to close on a temporary basis, to prevent crowding and protect public health.
  • Not feeling well? Don’t go. If you have symptoms of a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home.