Armed suspect shot and killed on Oregon highway after multiple carjackings, police say – USA TODAY

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Authorities say an armed suspect was shot and killed on Interstate 5 Monday by Portland, Oregon, police after a spree of crimes, including robbery and carjackings. 

Portland police first responded to what they believed was a home invasion robbery Monday morning, authorities said. During the robbery, the suspect stole the victim’s vehicle and fled, according to police.

Within the next 30 to 40 minutes, the suspect appeared to commit several other carjackings, police said. 

Officers located the suspect, who drove onto Interstate 5 southbound — the wrong way.

According to authorities, the suspect got out of the vehicle and attempted another carjacking, shooting one of the car’s occupants in the process. Police said the victim is recovering in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Rose Roberts, a 30-year-old woman who lives in an encampment near the highway, told The Oregonian that she heard three or four gunshots and saw what appeared to be a family — a man, woman, a young child and an infant in a car seat — running from the freeway.

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Police then shot and killed the suspect, authorities said. 

“This is a complex investigation involving the use of deadly force,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on Twitter.

Portland, like many cities across the United States, has seen a staggering increase in crime this year. The city broke a 34-year record for homicide numbers earlier in 2021, surpassing the most violent year in Portland’s modern history.

Interstate 5 remains closed in both directions and police said there was no further danger to the public. 

Contributing: The Associated Press