Portland police identified Isaac L. Seavey, 27, as the man fatally shot Wednesday by a Portland police officer outside an RV parked in an industrial area and near a homeless encampment in Northeast Portland’s Sumner neighborhood.
Court records indicate Seavey was from Washington.
Police have not yet publicly identified the officer who shot Seavey or said how many times the officer fired. The officer, along with a second officer who responded to the scene, were both placed on standard paid administrative leave while the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Police Bureau homicide detectives investigate the shooting. Police said the second officer didn’t fire on Seavey but otherwise haven’t described the officer’s actions.
The two officers responded around 10 a.m. to Northeast Marx Drive off 92nd Drive after someone who works in the area reported someone was stealing power from a nearby business, police said. At some point, there was “an encounter” between the officers and Seavey near an RV parked on the side of the road, and one of the officers shot and killed Seavey, police officials said.
People nearby reported hearing seven to nine shots fired.
Detectives found a handgun near Seavey’s body, police said. They have not said whether Seavey fired the gun.
Portland police spokesperson Mike Benner on Friday declined to provide more details about the reported theft that preceded the shooting, saying the Police Bureau would release more information “when appropriate” and gave no timeline.
Seavey is the third person to have been killed by Portland police so far this year. The two previous fatal shootings – in April in Clackamas County and in July in Gresham – happened outside of Portland. Grand juries found both shootings were legally justified.
Police asked anyone with information about Wednesday’s shooting to contact detectives William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov or Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov, referencing case number 23-315194.
-- Catalina Gaitán, firstname.lastname@example.org, @catalinagaitan_
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