Deputy shoots, critically injures man involved in Gresham officer-involved shooting

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A man with multiple warrants out for his arrest was shot and critically wounded by a deputy Monday afternoon, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said.

Late Monday night, the sheriff's office identified the man as 36-year-old Vasile William Manta. Manta is the same man Gresham police said they were searching for in another officer-involved shooting late last month. In that case, police said Manta led officers on a chase in a stolen minivan. They said he rammed a police car before crashing into a median. He took off on foot and a Gresham police officer fired a shot at him.

In Monday's shooting, Portland police and sheriff's deputies responded in droves to the Burger King parking lot at SE 100th Avenue and Stark Street around 2 p.m.

"[Sirens] were coming from everywhere," gas attendant James O'Sullivan said. "I had seen a police officer with a gun still in his hand pointed right in the truck window and you see glass all on the ground."

O'Sullivan was pumping gas less than a block away.

"Bang, bang, bang -- three shots," he said. "Right in a row, no hesitation or nothing."

The suspect, who was driving a white pickup truck, allegedly rammed an undercover deputy's minivan in the parking lot and a shooting ensued.

Reese said one deputy opened fire, hitting the suspect. Law enforcement took the man into custody and immediately started first aid.

No officers or deputies were injured.

Reese said the deputies are part of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Because of their specialized training and experience, they're also often called upon to act as a tactical unit to execute high-risk search and arrest warrants.

The deputy who fired at the suspect and the deputies who witnessed the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, the sheriff's office said.

The white pickup truck the suspect was driving was towed away around 10:30 p.m., nearly nine hours after the shooting.

Investigators are waiting on a judge to sign a search warrant before they can enter the vehicle.

The vehicle did not have front or rear license plates.

No word on whether the suspect had a weapon.

The sheriff's office said Manta's outstanding arrest warrants were for charges of attempted aggravated murder and identity theft.

As of late Monday night, Manta was still in the hospital in critical condition.

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