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In-Custody Death at Multnomah County Detention Center - 06/18/18

On June 18, 2018, an adult in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center experienced a medical emergency which resulted in an in-custody death.


At 11:34am, medical backup was called for an adult in custody experiencing a medical emergency. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Corrections Health staff, American Medical Response, and Portland Fire & Rescue responded to render aid. During this medical emergency, the facility was placed on lockdown and booking was closed for a short period of time.


Despite life-saving efforts, the adult in custody was pronounced dead. MCSO Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded to the facility. Sheriff Reese and Chief Deputies Morrisey and Peterson also responded.


This is an active investigation and no further details are available. The deceased’s name will not be release at this time, pending family notification.


We appreciate the coordinated response between MCSO staff, first responders, and medical personnel.



Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns community of resurfaced phone scams - 06/07/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and local law enforcement are warning the community about resurfaced, evolving phone scams.


In the most recent round of these scams, the caller is identifying himself as current member of MCSO, telling the victim they have missed jury duty, and there is a warrant for their arrest. They tell victims to send money, purchase pre-paid gift cards, or bring payment to our office located in Portland. The phone number that appears when they call is being spoofed to show as our actual Sheriff’s Office phone number, though the number victims are told to call goes directly to the scammers.


MCSO does not conduct matters regarding warrants or payment of fines via telephone.


We urge the community to be aware of these ongoing and evolving scams.


What to do if you are targeted:

  • If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and they are requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with these individuals. They do not represent the Sheriff’s Office.
  • If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.
  • In addition to reporting the incident to your local law enforcement agency, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint online at or by telephone at 877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).


Do not fall victim to these recurring phone scams. Check in with loved ones who may be more vulnerable to ensure they are educated and remain vigilant. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.




***Update*** MCSO Investigating Fatal Crash on SE Dodge Park Blvd and SE 302nd Avenue - 06/07/18


The two men fatally injured in Tuesday's crash have been identified as 70 year-old Arden L. Olsen of Gresham, and 76 year-old John E. Stewart, also of Gresham.

The crash is still under investigation.  No additional information is available at this time.



At 2:33pm MCSO Deputies responded to an injury crash involving two vehicles near SE Dodge Park Blvd.and SE 302nd Avenue.  On arrival deputies located both vehicles just east of the intersection.  Two people from one of the vehicles involved in the crash were found to have critical injuries and pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured and is cooperating with the investigation.  The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is on scene and investigating the crash.  The area will be closed for several hours while the scene is being processed.  Local residents are asked to utilize alternate routes.  No additional information is available at this time.



Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 06/04/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):

  • Policy 520.00, Post-Deadly Physical Force and Death-In-Custody
  • XXX.XX – Retirement Recognition Expenditures
  • XXX.XX – Pilot Projects
  • XXX.XX – Annual Inspection
  • XXX.XX – Official Correspondence

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office website, accessible here:

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.


MCSO River Patrol recovers body from Columbia River - 05/25/18

On Friday, 5/25/2018, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies  responded to a report of a body in the water of the North Portland Harbor, near the east end. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives have been notified and will be conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.