A deputy U.S. Marshal shot and wounded a man Tuesday in North Portland while attempting to arrest him, Portland police confirmed.
Federal officers were searching for Jonathan Crowley, 31, whom police said was wanted on a state warrant, according to a statement issued Tuesday night by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Relatives confirmed to Oregon Public Broadcasting that Crowley was the man shot.
A law enforcement source not authorized to speak about the investigation said that around 3:30 p.m. a deputy marshal fired a single shot through the windshield of a car Crowley was driving on North Newell Avenue near Lombard Street.
The U.S. Marshals Service said officers found Crowley in a parked car and had tried to peacefully arrest him. The agency said Crowley had “used his vehicle to threaten law enforcement officers” before he was shot. Federal officials did not identify the officer who shot Crowley.
Portland Police officials said none of their officers were involved in the shooting.
U.S. Marshals said Crowley had been under the supervision of Multnomah County Parole and Probation, but had fled, prompting the Oregon Department of Corrections to issue a warrant for his arrest on Sept. 24.
The Marshals Service has not said exactly where Crowley was shot, but said was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
Crowley has previously been convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle and identity theft. His three-year probation sentence for a 2017 identity theft conviction was revoked in August 2019, and he was taken into custody, according to court records.
The shooting comes at a time of high scrutiny of the U.S. Marshals Service and its interactions with local police forces. On Friday, an officer assigned to a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force shot and killed Casey Goodson, 23, in Columbus, Ohio, according to NPR. Goodson, a Black man, was not the object of the search, and was not wanted by law enforcement, police said.
Police said he was carrying a gun, but family members said Goodson was carrying a sandwich at the time he was shot.
In September, officers from three different Washington agencies assigned to a U.S. Marshals task force shot and killed Michael Reinoehl in Lacey, Washington. Police had obtained a warrant charging Reinoehl, a self-described anti-fascist, with the second-degree murder of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 38, a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, near a protest in downtown Portland.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, local law enforcement said Reinoehl had a semiautomatic handgun, but did not say whether he pointed the gun at officers or fired. In October, the sheriff’s office said they found Reinoehl with a loaded gun partially withdrawn from his pocket and his hand on it. Witnesses have described a chaotic scene. Some witnesses have told The Oregonian/OregonLive, as well as other news organizations, that they didn’t hear police shout in warning before they heard gunshots.
Maxine Bernstein of The Oregonian/OregonLive contributed to this report.
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