The Portland Police Bureau said just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, officers shot a person at Lents Park in Southeast Portland. Police did not immediately provide information on the condition of that person.
Public information officer Sgt. Kevin Allen said officers from the East Precinct dispatched to a “suspicious circumstance involving a weapon.” Allen did not say what type of weapon may have been involved.
Police closed streets around Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Street, where the shooting occurred.
The location of the shooting is inside an area serviced by Portland Street Response, a recently launched non-police unit that assists people who are experiencing homelessness or mental health crises. Allen said he could not speak specifically to why the police were involved with the call instead of Portland Street Response.
“Generally, the Street Response folks would respond to things where there was not a weapon involved,” Allen said. “That’s part of their standard operating procedure.”
Staff with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office were on scene at the shooting. Acting Police Chief Chris Davis was on scene, and was filling in for Chief Chuck Lovell, who is out of town.