Pamplin Media Group – Suspect Identified in Officer Involved in Shooting

UPDATE: Portland Police say the man injured May 6 has been released from hospital and arrested.

Police have identified the injured suspect from the officer involved in the May 6 shooting.

Matthew R. Leahey, 36, was discharged from the hospital on Friday May 27 and was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center. He is charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felony possession of a firearm.

The officers involved in the incident have previously been identified as: Adi Ramic, a 12-year veteran of the bureau; Michelle Petty, a 5-year veteran; Whitney Anderson, a 3-year veteran; and John Bartlett, a 5-year veteran.

All officers are on paid administrative leave, which is office policy.

The Portland Police Department said there was an exchange of gunfire and no officers were injured. A semi-automatic handgun was seized as evidence.

According to the office, at 9:12 p.m. on May 6, two officers assigned to the Targeted Response Team were on patrol when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple violations northeast of 78th Avenue and at Mason Street. During the encounter, the person was shot and taken to hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

An initial report that an officer was shot was incorrect.

“It was an incredibly dangerous situation in a residential area where families live,” acting police chief Mike Frome said. “I am so grateful that officers and community members are doing well. This not only highlights the danger officers face every day as they work to keep the community safe, but underscores the importance to solve our gun violence problem.”

The Targeted Response Team was established three months ago to replace the Gun Violence Response Team. Since the team’s inception, it has made 176 arrests, seized 49 firearms and filed 291 offense reports, Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday during his state of the city address.

Per bureau policy, the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken to police should contact Detective Jeff Sharp at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-9773, or Detective Rico Beniga at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 503-823-0457 and refer to file no. 22-120339.

Frome informed the mayor’s office.

As part of the use of force review process, the office will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used, and post-fire actions. The matter will be brought before the Police Review Board, which is made up of community members, board members and representatives of the Independent Police Review Division.

The office directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer fires can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780 .

Once the entire investigation and court process is complete, the investigative records and all grand jury transcripts will be posted to the office’s Open Data page. Available information on past shootings involving officers can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940.

KOIN 6 News is a Portland Tribune press partner and contributed to this story.


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