Police: Officer-involved shooting in Gresham

Police: At least one shot fired during traffic stop

Portland Police on scene of an officer involved shooting in Gresham that involved Portland officers, police said. (KOIN)
Portland Police on scene of an officer involved shooting in Gresham that involved Portland officers, police said. (KOIN)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) -– Officers from across the metro raced to the Safeway gas station near Southeast 182nd Avenue and West Powell Boulevard Tuesday evening after a shooting occurred during a traffic stop.

No injuries were reported. Police said 31-year-old Ryan Matthew Sudlow, who has gang ties and outstanding warrants, has been taken into custody. Gresham Police Detective and spokesperson John Rasmussen said the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) and Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) were conducting surveillance on Sudlow Tuesday evening as he left his home. Officers with the Portland gang unit conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Sundlow was in, Rasmussen said.

Ryan Matthew Sudlow, 31, shown in a jail booking photo. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)
Ryan Matthew Sudlow, 31, shown in a jail booking photo. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.)

“At some point during the (traffic) stop, at least one gun was fired,” Rasmussen said in a prepared statement.

There was a adult female passenger inside Sudlow’s vehicle, police said. They have not released her name or said if she remains in custody.

KOIN 6 News spoke with an employee at Shari’s Restaurant & Pies who said around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday she heard what sounded like a shooting across the parking lot towards Safeway.

The employee said multiple officers from Portland and Gresham Police responded at the scene moments later. She said officers briefed the staff at the restaurant and told them there had been a shooting, and that the public was safe.

Detectives from Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail and the East County Major Crimes Team responded.

A Portland police spokesperson used Twitter to confirm there had been an officer-involved shooting with no injuries.

Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea had been briefed and responded to the scene, along with police union representatives and officials with the PPB Professional Standards Division and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, which is standard any time there is an officer-involved shooting. The bureau’s mobile command center also arrived on scene.

The employee at Shari’s said Southwest Highland Drive was closed at the intersection of West Powell Boulevard. The roadways have since re-opened.

Employees at Yami Sushi, which is directly across the street from the gas station, said they did not hear anything out of the ordinary until police arrived.

Originally, law enforcement sources said there had been shots fired by police. Rasmussen said investigators were unable to release who fired the shot. Forensic testing is being conducted on the evidence located at the scene, police said.

Members of the Metro Gang Task Force include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Canby Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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