PORTLAND — A deputy U.S. marshal fired a shot into an SUV that marshals cornered in a Southeast Portland parking lot Monday, striking the driver in the neck as a federal task force tried to arrest the man who was wanted in Washington on felony warrants.
The U.S. Marshals Service and witnesses said at least two unmarked U.S. marshal vehicles were behind the SUV when it tried to back up and hit them, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Tamayo said an officer found himself between the vehicles and fired a single, defensive shot. The officer’s name wasn’t released.
Roman Culver, 23, of Covington, was taken to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday. His condition wasn’t released.
The U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force was trying to arrest Culver on warrants from King County for robbery and escape. The U.S. Marshals Service also said Culver is a “person of interest” in a Seattle-area homicide.
Members of the task force removed another man from the car at gunpoint. He was seen bleeding from his ear, witnesses told the newspaper. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and released.
Oregon’s acting U.S. Marshal Pete Cajigal said in a statement that deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers take the safety of the public, law enforcement officers and the fugitive into account during an arrest.