On Wednesday afternoon, a Portland Police officer was wounded and a man was shot and killed outside of Woodrow Wilson High school. Witnesses and students heard five or six gunshots and then dozens of sirens as Portland Police arrived on the scene.
The wounded police officer, John M. Romero, who serves as a school resource officer for Wilson, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was rushed to OHSU.
Romero was among a group of police from Central Precinct and the bureau’s Youth Services division who had been conducting extra patrols in Southwest Portland on the lookout for a suspicious green van following school kids and approaching them and slowing down over the past few days. The Police Bureau distributed a flier at Central Precinct’s roll call Wednesday morning on the van, with a license plate described as similar to the suspect vehicle.
“There was an exchange of gunfire, and the officer was shot,” Police Chief Mike Reese said. “Our officers were here to protect our kids. It’s obviously shocking when an event like this happens near any school.”
Reese did not know if the man who was shot was the suspect that they had been searching for.
Portlands last police shooting occurred March 4th, 2013, when police fatally shot Santiago Cisnero III, who ambushed police at a Lloyd Center parking lot.