PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A city-wide manhunt that stretched well into the early hours of Wednesday morning came to a dramatic close, with the fleeing gunman likely taking his own life as a police plane flew overhead, the Portland Police Bureau has confirmed.
The search began after two patrolling PPB officers pulled into Shimmers Bar & Grill, a strip club in Southeast Portland. When they arrived, several people immediately went inside the bar. Sgt. Pete Simpson said the officers were doing routine patrols of local “hotspots” and locations in town, trying to prevent violence.
According to PPB a man, identified as 26-year-old Quintrell Shaimon Holiman, exited the club, and when questioned by the officers, ran from the parking lot, pulled a gun and fired multiple shots at the trailing cops. Neither were injured, and the bureau says neither returned fire at the gunman.
A “City-wide, code three” response was put out around 11:20 p.m., prompting every available officer to assist in setting a perimeter around neighboring streets.
Simpson said gang members and affiliates are known to hang out at local strip clubs like Shimmers. Officers are in the process of trying to identify the people at the bar Tuesday night to see if they were affiliated with any local gangs.
Officers heard noises around SE 79th and Raymond Street. “Air 1,” the PPB airplane that uses infrared technology, eventually spotted someone lying in the backyard of a home at the intersection.
Crisis negotiators tried using a megaphone to communicate with Holiman, but received no response, according to bureau Sgt. Pete Simpson. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, SERT officers deployed two less lethal rounds aimed at a fence next to the man.
Between the two rounds, officers reported hearing a muzzled gunshot. The flight crew in Air 1 reported seeing a flash consistent with a gunshot at the same time.
Soon after, Portland’s SERT team would find the man dead in the yard with injuries they believed to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was recovered not far from the suspect.
Police said they still have several unanswered questions. They want to know why Holiman shot at the officer in the first place, why he kept his gun, why he remained in the blocks afterward and why he killed himself. Simpson said detectives may not get all of their answers.
“Someone who would do something like this represents a clear danger to the community,” Simpson said.
Homicide detectives, with assistance from PPB’s gang unit, will be conducting the investigation into Holiman’s death.
“Officers are hyper-vigilant about (ambush shootings),” Simpson said. “This is a stark reminder of the dangers officers face every day.”
All roads were re-opened by 5 a.m.
Any witnesses to the incident who have not already talked to police should call 503.823.3333.
Individuals in the area who have some security cameras are asked to check their systems between 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night and 1:10 a.m. Wednesday to see if those systems recorded any evidence. Any potential video evidence should be reported to police by calling the above number.