‘Substantial threat to the public’: Police seek pair for attempted murder of Portland officers

PORTLAND, OR – Calling them a “substantial threat to the public,” police are searching for a man accused of shooting at two Portland officers last Saturday, as well as a woman who they say drove off with him in the passenger seat of a stolen car.

Police said they suspect Christian Daniel Fitz-Henry, 27, fired on officers. They also identified Alicia Marie Misner, 27, as the suspected driver of the car that fled the scene.

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Shell casing found at shooting scene (PPB)

Fitz-Henry has an open warrant for first-degree attempted murder related to the incident, as well as an Oregon State Parole Board arrest warrant on a second-degree robbery allegation. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) issued a statement reporting:

“The suspect who shot at police officers is being identified as Christian Daniel Fitz-Henry, 27. PPB Homicide Detectives, with the assistance of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Fitz-Henry for the crime of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.”

Misner is presently wanted for possession of the stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police:

“PPB Homicide Detectives also identified Alicia Marie Misner, 27, as the driver of the stolen vehicle in which Fitz-Henry was a passenger. PPB Homicide Detectives, with the assistance of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, obtained an arrest warrant for Misner for the crimes of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Attempt to Elude. Misner also has an outstanding parole violation warrant for assault.”

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Shell casing found at scene of shooting (PPB)

On November 13, police attempted to stop a car at NE 92nd and Halsey because they believed there was a wanted suspect inside. The driver refused to yield to officers and fled. During the pursuit, officers deployed spike strips disabling the vehicle near NE 104th and Halsey.

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Wanted- Christian Daniel Fitz-Henry (PPB)

Fitz-Henry and Misner exited the car and ran, and Fitz-Henry is suspected of shooting at officers, police said. One bullet struck a police cruiser, police said. No officers returned fire or were injured.

A search of the area was conducted, but the couple evaded capture. Fitz-Henry and Misner are suspected of stealing cars and are known to frequent motels and should be considered armed and dangerous. PPB stated:

“Fitz-Henry and Misner are believed to be together. They use stolen cars for transportation and frequent motels. Both are to be considered armed and dangerous and represent a substantial threat to the public and law enforcement.

“If anyone spots either suspect, do not approach, and call 911 immediately.”

Fitz-Henry is described as about 5-foot 9-inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and ‘distinct facial tattoos.’

Misner is described as about 5-foot 8-inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Wanted- Alicia Marie Misner (PPB)

Police have asked anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Fitz-Henry or Misner to contact Detective Joe Corona (503-823-0508; [email protected]) or Detective Jennifer Hertzler at (503-823-1040; [email protected]) and mention case number 21-318162.

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, which leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

 
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Portland Police Bureau will be required to release personal cell numbers for officers to the public

November 19, 2021

 

PORTLAND, OR – During the many protests and riots that occurred following the death of George Floyd, officers were ordered to cover their name tags and place their personnel numbers on their shields and helmets for identification.

Those numbers were considered confidential by the agency but now they are required to disclose that information after a lawsuit.

The Portland Police Officers who were on the front lines and being attacked by rioters with bottles, fireworks, and other improvised weapons requested that they conceal their name tags in fear of doxing that had been occurring.

The command staff of the agency agreed and told them to instead make their personnel numbers visible so that their private information was protected.

Most of the officers who adhered to this policy change did so by wearing tape with their six-digit personnel numbers. However, a smaller number of officers, who were a part of the now-defunct Rapid Response Team, wore two-digit numbers that were specific to the team in which they were assigned.

Protesters and rioters would use the numbers that were displayed, either the six or two-digit numbers, whenever they wanted to complain on officers. However, some of the officers that were complained about were unable to be identified.

As a result, public activist and lawyer, Alan Kessler, filed a lawsuit against the City of Portland after public record requests for the information on identifying the officers were denied.

The request was denied because the city thought that Kessler was demanding the six-digit numbers which they believed were protected by Oregon law. This was because the numbers were tied to the police officer’s personal information which is confidential by statute.

Kessler appealed the ruling and took the case to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. On November 10th, Judge Pro Tempore Terence Thatcher wrote the legal opinion which Kessler believed was accurate, that the city of Portland had to release the information to him.

Thatcher believes that the personnel numbers of the officers are in a government-protected system that is unlikely to be breached. Therefore, the system that has the personnel numbers tied to the officer’s confidential information is protected and the number itself can be released. He wrote:

“It is hard to see how release of numbers used mainly in a secure computer system inaccessible to the public could constitute an unreasonable invasion of privacy. Except for their use during the protests, the numbers are essentially meaningless when removed from the system in which they are primarily used.”

Kessler, happy with the ruling, now believes that the personnel numbers were allowed to be used by the command staff because they ultimately did not want their officers identified. He told the Oregonian/Oregon Live outlet:

“We shouldn’t have a secret police. That’s something I think most people will agree is bad. And it shouldn’t take a lawsuit and 16 months to get the city to tell us who the officers are who are committing heinous acts.”

Kessler did not stop there as he also fought to get the personal cell phone numbers from officers that either sent or received text messages from a city-owned phone during the violent protests and riots. Kessler argued that the city was required to do so and filed a lawsuit.

The initial hearing of the case happened with the city itself which denied Kessler’s request, citing that it was personal information tied to a police officer which meant that it was confidential. Kessler felt that was inaccurate and sued the District Attorney which upheld the city’s ruling.

Kessler then took the lawsuit to the Multnomah County Court and this particular case was heard by Judge Shelley Russell. Russell ruled that the city was required to provide Kessler with the personal cell phone number of officers as they became part of the public record when they were used with city-owned phones. Russell wrote:

“The City’s interpretation is inconsistent with both the plain language of the statute and with the Attorney General’s interpretation of that statute as set out in its Public Records and Meetings Manual.”

Kessler praised the ruling and feels it is vindication for the year that he fought to get the officer’s personal cell phone numbers. He said that he hopes to match the numbers to text messages that he has copies of, which, would make one believe that he has located text messages he believes would be determinantal in some manner to officer’s careers.
 

 

 

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