Robbery Suspect Accused Of Firing At Police Shot & Killed In Gresham

GRESHAM, Ore. — Police shot and killed a bank robbery suspect on Tuesday afternoon after they say he fired gunshots at Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies and attempted to carjack a driver at gunpoint.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Roman Kokhanevych of Portland, was wanted for robbing the Key Bank on Burnside Road.  He was found driving in Troutdale and led police on a pursuit that ended in a business park near NW Civic Drive.

Kokhanevych is accused of opening the car door and firing several times at pursuing deputies, exiting the SUV to carjack a driver at gunpoint and ordering them to drive.  At that point, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy and a Gresham Police officer shot the suspect before he could harm the victim.

Authorities believe Kokhanevych is linked to additional bank robberies in the Portland metro area.

An accomplice, 33-year-old Haley Hop, was arrested and charged with Robbery in the First and Second Degree.

Investigators identified Gresham Police Officer Mark Smith and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Phifer as those involved.  Officer Smith and Deputy Phifer are on paid critical incident leave per standard protocol in deadly force incidents.

The East County Major Crime Team is asking witnesses to contact detectives at (503) 988-0560.  There could be other victims involved in traffic crashes during the chase that have not come forward.



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