Police shoot gunman during attempted arrest in Lents neighborhood

Police officers shot a man in the Lenten neighborhood of Portland on Tuesday night as they attempted to arrest him.

The man, identified by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) as Robert Connelly, was not injured in the shooting. The officers involved were members of the bureau’s team that responds to crimes committed with firearms, called the Targeted Intervention Team (FIT), which sought to arrest Connelly on several federal and state warrants related to crimes committed with firearms and sexual assaults. According to PPB, these officers were attempting to arrest Connelly near SE 82nd Ave. and SE Lambert St. just after 8 p.m. Tuesday when he pointed a gun at them. This prompted several officers to shoot Connelly. Connelly then fled to a nearby business, where he barricaded himself. Crisis negotiators allegedly convinced Connelly to “surrender peacefully”, according to PPB. Connelly was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center just after 5 a.m. Wednesday.

PPB reports that no one was injured in the shooting.

This is the third case of FIT officers firing a gun at a member of the public (or using “deadly force”) this year. In May, four FIT staff have been furloughed for their involvement in a shooting that left a Portlander with life-threatening injuries in northeast Portland. And in July, an FIT officer shot and killed a man shooting a gun in East Portland.

It is unclear how many FIT officers were involved in Tuesday night’s shooting. Two FIT officers were involved in Tuesday night’s shooting, according to PPB. Due to the city’s rule furloughing officers during lethal force investigations, this means a total of three FIT officers are currently on leave from the 12-officer team.

Tuesday’s shoot marks PPB’s sixth in 2022.