PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland police officer shot and wounded a suspected bank robber in North Portland Wednesday afternoon, leaving the suspect in critical condition, Sgt. Chris Burley said.
Police said Thursday the suspect, while in serious condition, is expected to survive. The suspect was later identified as 25-year-old Chase Peeples of Tacoma, Washington.
Police believe the suspect robbed Ace Check Cashing before the U.S. Bank a few blocks away.
Police said the officers located the suspect and were approximately 50-60 feet from him when they commanded the suspect to put his hands in the air. The suspect, according to police, didn’t put his hands up, turned around and started advancing toward them as he allegedly reached into his pocket.
Officer Ryan Reagan, who has been with Portland Police for 19 years, then fired multiple shots at the suspect, hitting him and knocking him to the ground.
Ace and U.S. Bank had matching descriptions of the suspect, according to Portland Police: “A black male in his 20s wearing a dark baseball hat and dark clothes.”
“Officers located a man that matched the suspect’s description, they contacted the suspect and during that time, shots were fired,” Burley said.
Burley said the suspect didn’t display a weapon at either robbery and it’s unclear if the suspect was armed or fired any shots when confronted by officers. Police said they took the suspect’s backpack and clothes as evidence and plan to search them pending the approval of a search warrant.
Jeremy Hooton, a resident in the area, said he heard and saw the whole thing.
“I was just working on my car,” Hooton said, “I heard 3 quick shots get fired. Seemed like it was from one weapon and within seconds there were 6 or 7 cop cars on the scene.”
Reagan will be interviewed within 48 hours and placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.