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Published on February 26, 2024
Portland Police End Standoff Peacefully, Jerome L. Strickland Charged with Burglary and AssaultSource: Google Street View

Chaos erupted in a quiet Portland neighborhood last Friday when a suspect, now identified as Jerome L. Strickland, 41, allegedly attempted a break-in that led to a dramatic police standoff. Strickland has been charged with Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

After reports of a disturbance near Northwest 28th Place, it was Strickland who, wielding a knife, attempted to enter a residence only to have a shot fired at him by someone inside. He then fled, hiding himself in another home on Northwest Upshur Street, prompting a standoff with the cops. Bystanders witnessed as the Portland Police Bureau deployed distraction devices and gas to coax the man out of his hideout.

Strickland's apprehension came after meticulous negotiations by the PPB's Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team, ensuring the situation ended without further incident. Authorities thanked the community for their cooperation during the crisis, which led to the necessary closure of streets in the surrounding area, in a statement obtained by Portland Police.

Police records suggest that Strickland was familiar with not only the individuals of the original altercation scene but also the residence where he later barricaded himself. After the tactical response, he was finally booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. With streets now reopened, residents of Northwest Vaughn and Northwest Upshur have begun to navigate back to a semblance of normalcy, the echoes of sirens slowly fading from their collective memory.