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Story by Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
Published on Tuesday March 9, 2021 - 8:17 PM

Calling the significant spike in shootings in Portland a "public safety crisis," the new agent in charge of Oregon's FBI said the FBI is offering to provide help.

"Do we need "x' number of additional investigators addressing this? Yes, we need more investigators addressing these," FBI Special Agent in Charge Kieran Ramsey told members of the media on a video conference call Monday. "We've got to start attacking this aggressively."

The FBI is in talks with Mayor Ted Wheeler, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Gresham police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on how the federal agency can provide money, personnel resources or forensic technology to help them address the violence, he said.

"All of these things are on the table," he said. "Hopefully, we'll have a solid plan to roll out in the near future."

Ramsey's remarks come as the Police Bureau is struggling to respond to a significant increase in shootings and homicides in the last year.

In the first nine weeks of this year, Portland police have responded to 195 shootings, excluding suicides or attempted suicides. Injuries have been reported in 54 of the shootings, said Lt. Greg Pashley, bureau spokesman. Fourteen people died in shootings, out of 19 homicides so far this year.