PORTLAND (July 21, 2021)–a Portland police officer shot and wounded a man inside a small corner market Tuesday night after the man apparently ate some food without paying and then refused to go, police said.
Officers were called to the McCormick Pier Grocery & Deli in the 600 block of Northwest Naito Parkway on a report of an “unwanted person.”
A caller told police that the man lay down on the floor and wouldn’t leave after eating the food, said Lt. Greg Pashley, a police spokesman.
An officer arrived at the store at 9:44 p.m. and the shooting was reported at 9:52 p.m., Pashley said.
Police reached the wounded man, who had moved further into the store, at 9:56 p.m., Pashley said. He received medical attention at the scene and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Detectives cordoned off the entrance to the store with red crime scene tape and several blocks of Northwest Naito Parkway as they continued to investigate early Wednesday.
It was the third shooting by Portland police this year. Police said the officer will be on paid administrative leave until they finish the investigation, which is standard practice in shootings by police. They didn’t immediately release the officer’s name.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell and Mayor Ted Wheeler’s chief of staff went to the scene.
The other two shootings by police were fatal.
Officer Curtis Brown shot Michael Townsend, 40, on June 24 in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Northeast Portland. Surveillance video released by police showed Townsend advancing on officers with what looked like a screwdriver before he was shot. Police released a photograph of a tire repair tool with a sharpened end and screwdriver-type handle that they seized as evidence.