01/06/2022 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/07/2022 10:07
The East County Major Crime Team (MCT) continues to investigate the bank robbery and officer-involved shooting that occurred on Jan. 4 in Gresham.
The involved officers are identified as Gresham Police Officer Mark Smith and Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Phifer.
Officer Mark Smith has 31 years of total full-time law enforcement experience and is a 15-year veteran of the Gresham Police Department. Deputy Phifer is a 22-year veteran in law enforcement and has been employed with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) during his career. Deputy Phifer's returned to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office last year after serving with PPB for 14 years.
The deputy and officer were placed on paid critical incident leave as standard protocol for both agencies in deadly force incidents.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time.
The East County Major Crime Team is still seeking witnesses. Anyone who may have witnessed the bank robbery, shooting or car crashes is asked to contact Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives at 503-988-0560 and refer to Gresham Police report number 22-00446.