Clark County SWAT responds to wanted person call


Suspect barricaded himself in bathroom of an industrial building and then died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot

A wanted man fled from police Thursday evening near Hazel Dell and later died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 13), members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team were called to assist detectives from the Portland Police Bureau with apprehending a wanted person.  

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team were called to assist detectives from the Portland Police Bureau with apprehending a wanted person. File photo
Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team were called to assist detectives from the Portland Police Bureau with apprehending a wanted person. File photo

The subject was located in an industrial area near NE 78th street and NE 19th court.  When the subject was contacted, he fled into a building and barricaded himself inside a bathroom.  

Crisis negotiators attempted to work with the subject by cell phone but he refused to surrender.  The subject then suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Portland Police Bureau homicide detectives began investigating a homicide, following the shooting of two people near Northeast 115th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Wednesday morning (Aug. 12). The homicide victim has been identified as 24-year-old James Richard Greenwood.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office determined the cause of Greenwood’s death was gunshot wound, the manner of his death was homicide. Another person suffered gunshot wounds, but is expected to survive.

On Thursday, Portland Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect in the case. During their investigation, detectives developed information that the suspect worked in Vancouver. A Portland Police detective conducted surveillance of the suspect’s place of employment near Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 19th Court. Two other Portland Police detectives contacted the Vancouver Police Department to provide information about this case.

Since notifications have not been completed, the suspect’s name is not being released at this time.

Portland Police homicide detectives believe this suspect was the only suspect in the Aug. 12 homicide and shooting near Northeast 115th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Anyone with information about that case is encouraged to contact Portland Police Detective Anthony Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-4033 or Detective Shaye Samora Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0768.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau.

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