Guns recovered, arrests made after Vancouver Police pursuit into Portland

Two black rifles, heavily damaged, displayed on a vehicle hood, loaded magazine nearby. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau
Two black rifles, heavily damaged, displayed on a vehicle hood, loaded magazine nearby. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau

Two teenage suspects from Vancouver among three arrested 

Two guns were recovered and three people are facing charges after a Vancouver Police pursuit crossed into Portland.

On Thursday (June 15) at about 6:15 p.m., Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers were notified that Vancouver Police Department officers were pursuing a driver into Portland Police jurisdiction, and that the occupants were wanted in a shooting case. 

Black Kia sedan wedged between a MAX light rail train and a curb, heavy damage visible. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau
Black Kia sedan wedged between a MAX light rail train and a curb, heavy damage visible. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau

North Precinct officers assisted with the pursuit, including making efforts to employ intervention techniques. The suspect vehicle crossed the Steel Bridge and crashed into a TriMet MAX train near Northwest 3rd Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street (photo). North Precinct, Central Precinct, Focused Intervention Team, and K9 officers converged and assisted Vancouver Police with taking three people into custody. 

No one was injured on the MAX train, however it was disabled by the force of the crash and passengers had to be transferred to another transport.

Officers recovered two firearms that were thrown out of the vehicle’s windows during the pursuit. The firearms were damaged when they were tossed. The firearms were taken as evidence.

The vehicle used by the suspects was a black 2016 Kia Optima stolen out of Portland June 11. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

The suspects were charged with crimes committed in Multnomah County. 

Zachary A. Bruce, 27, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. His charges were:

  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm (C Felony) (2 counts),
  • Unlawful possession of machine guns, certain short-barreled firearms and firearms silencers (B Felony)
  • (1)(a) Attempting to Elude Police while driving a Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Reckless Driving (A Misdemeanor)

A 16-year-old male from Vancouver was booked into the Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Center for:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (Portland City Code)
  • Unlawful Possession of Firearms (A Misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful Entry into Vehicle (A Misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree (A Misdemeanor)

A 17-year-old male from Vancouver was booked into the Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Center for:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Firearms (A Misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (Portland City Code)

If anyone has additional information related to crimes committed by these suspects in Portland, and has not contacted police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-157832.

Information provided by Portland Police Bureau.


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