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February 19, 2013
The suspect killed in Sunday night’s officer-involved shooting at the Portland Adventist Medical Center has been identified as 50-year-old Merle Mikal Hatch.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and determined that Hatch died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators have learned that at the time of his death, Hatch was a Federal fugitive being sought by the U.S. Marshal’s Office on an original charge of Bank Robbery. Additionally, investigators have learned that Hatch was a career criminal with arrests in California, Arizona and Colorado on a variety of charges including Burglary, Bank Robbery, Theft, and Homicide.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the initial call to Portland Adventist Medical Center and the subsequent shooting is continuing and no additional information will be released until after all investigative interviews have been completed.
As reported, Sunday evening at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers were called to Portland Adventist Medical Center on the report of a man with a gun in the parking lot. Several officers responded to the area and began to get containment on the large PAMC complex. The hospital went into lock-down to keep patients and staff safe.
As officers were continuing to get containment on the complex, some officers encountered the suspect and shots were fired. The suspect died at the scene and no officers were injured.
Per policy, any involved officers are on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.