Police: Suspect who attacked officers with crowbar fatally shot

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Portland Police closed Southeast Foster Road from 101st to 112th avenues. (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland police officer shot and killed a suspect who police said attacked two officers with a crowbar in Southeast Portland on Thursday morning.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the incident began with a reported pedestrian robbery that was "more of an assault." The male victim was not seriously hurt.

When two officers arrived and confronted the suspect, the man attacked them with a crowbar, Simpson said. One officer fell down during the attack.

The suspect continued to swing at the officers. One officer fired, killing the suspect.

Neither of the officers was hurt.

The robbery occurred near Southeast Foster Road and the Springwater Corridor.

Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard police procedure. Simpson said the officers are veterans of the East Precinct. Their names have not been released.

The suspect has not been identified.

Police closed Southeast Foster Road between 101st and 112th avenues. The area will be closed for several hours.

Simpson said with Tuesday's shooting at Reynolds High School, Wednesday's officer-involved shooting in Milwaukie and today's shooting, it's been an exhausting week for law enforcement and the community.

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and Mayor Charlie Hales both arrived at the scene. They left around 8:20 a.m.