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Police Shoot Man In Downtown Portland Convenience Store

Courtesy: KGW

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police shot a man inside a downtown Portland convenience store on Tuesday night.

Officers were told the suspect had taken food from the McCormick Pier Market on NW Naito Parkway, laid down on the floor and refused to leave.

There was a shooting within 8 minutes of police arriving just before 10:00pm.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.  32-year-old Joshua Merritt was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing.

Joshua Merritt, 32.

“This is a situation that no officer wants to face.  We are in the preliminary stages but will conduct a thorough investigation,” said Chief Chuck Lovell.

The officer who shot Merritt is identified as Officer Craig Lehman, who has worked for the Portland Police Bureau nearly 9 years.  He is to be interviewed within 48 hours of the shooting per policy.

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