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UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation in SW Portland

The man shot by police is expected to survive.

Police Shooting
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - UPDATE FROM PORTLAND POLICE: The subject involved in last night's officer-involved shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Marcus Lagozzino. Lagozzino is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. Investigators have learned that prior to the shooting, Lagozzino had an argument with his parents and assaulted his 61-year-old mother and his 60-year-old father then went outside the residence and began breaking windows and armed himself with a machete with a 22" blade. At 5:15 p.m., Lagozzino's mother called 9-1-1.

At 5:21 p.m., the first officers arrived in the area and as additional officers arrived onscene, they began to formulate a plan to safely approach the residence and make contact with Lagozzino. As the call taker stayed on the line with Lagozzino's mother, officers began their approach to the residence.

As officers neared the residence, Lagozzino saw the police and while still armed with the machete, began rapidly advancing towards the officers in a threatening manner. Officers gave Lagozzino multiple verbal commands and deployed less lethal bean bags and a Taser?. At 5:38 p.m., officers broadcast that shots had been fired. The time from the first contact with Lagozzino to the time shots were fired was less than one minute.

Medical personnel arrived approximately five minutes later and transported Lagozzino to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. Lagozzino remains in the hospital in critical condition.

At this point in the investigation, detectives have interviewed seven police officers and a number of civilian witnesses to the shooting but consider this an ongoing investigation as additional interviews need to be conducted.

The involved officers names will not be released until Thursday afternoon.

--------Original Report--------

Portland Police were involved in a shooting that took place Monday evening at approximately 5:15 p.m., after officers arrived at a residence in the 3500 block of Southwest Dakota Street on the report of a disturbance.

Police say a caller to 9-1-1 stated that her 34-year old son was outside the house breaking windows, throwing things at the house and that he was armed with a machete and pacing in front of the residence.

Lt. Kelli Sheffer with Portland Police said, "The caller also reported that her son has been suicidal in the past and that he might be trying to commit suicide-by-cop and that she believed he would be confrontational with police. The caller reported that she and her husband were hiding inside the house."

A Public Information Officer with the Portland Police, Sheffer said in a news release, "several officers and sergeants arrived and worked to develop a plan to approach the subject safely, who was still outside the residence armed with a machete. As the officers approached the residence, the subject confronted the officers, while still armed with the machete."

Officers gave verbal commands to the subject and deployed less lethal munitions, Sheffer says, "including bean bag shotgun rounds and a tazer. The armed subject continued to present a threat to the officers and was shot by one officer as a result."

The subject was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive. No officers were injured.

At this point, detectives are in the initial stages of their investigation into the shooting and are working closely with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the East County Major Crimes Team. Traffic is blocked from Southwest 35th Avenue to 37th Avenue along Dakota Street as detectives work to process the scene.

Sheffer added that no additional information will be released until at least Tuesday December 28, 2010, in the late morning.




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Anonymous December 28, 2010 4:40 am (Pacific time)

At least they have learned that not all shots actually have to kill... That is a first.

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