Two Portland police involved in Saturday officer-involved shooting are identified

Joshua Baker

Joshua Baker

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, Oct. 1, 2012

Two Portland police officers were involved in a shooting early Saturday after responding to a call of shots fired at a Southeast Portland apartment building.

East Precinct officers were called to Hathaway Apartments, at 3320 Southeast 134th Ave., at 3:54 a.m. Saturday. The officers who responded found 38-year-old Vadim V. Kobenko shot. He was transported to a local hospital.

But police pursued a suspect as he fled in a truck.

“After a short pursuit, the suspect crashed into a fence at 148th and NE San Rafael,” Lt. Robert King said in a prepared news release. “At the crash site, there was an officer-involved shooting.”

Portland police on Monday identified the suspect arrested as 27-year-old Joshua Stephen Baker, who police say suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police did not say what led up to the shooting, or how many shots were fired, or where Baker was struck.

“Following the shooting,” King continued in a news release, “the suspect refused to comply with commands from uniform officers, and then SERT was activated.”

Officers from the Special Emergency Reaction Team took Baker into custody. A firearm was located at the scene, police said.

Kobenko, the man Baker is accused of shooting in Southeast Portland, is hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The two officers involved in the shooting are Erik Strohmeyer, a 12-year bureau veteran, and Garry Britt, a 4-year bureau member.

The Independent Police Review Division and investigators from the police bureau’s Internal Affairs Division both responded to the police shooting scene.

Baker was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center Monday afternoon after he was treated for injuries at a local hospital. Baker is accused of first-degree assault with a firearm, attempted murder with a firearm, and fourth-degree assault involving domestic violence.

King said the officers involved in the shooting have not been interviewed yet.

“Interviews are occurring this week and we will release more details when we are able to,” he said, in an e-mailed response to an Oregonian question.