Police Officer Matt Anderson, a Portland Metropolitan Police Department veteran, has recalled during a press interview, his encounter with Jaime Cortinas, the 42-year-old father from Gresham County who shot his children, set his car on fire, and fired at the police before turning the gun on himself.
Police Officer Recalls Deadly Portland Shooting
Anderson, who has been with the Portland Metropolitan PD for the past 13 years, still has issues recalling the Jaime Cortinas case. As he pointed out, the ordeal began on the 11th of April, when the Gresham Police Department received a phone call from a distressed woman.
According to the authorities, the voice on the phone belonged to Jaime Cortinas’ wife. The woman told the 911 dispatcher that her husband kidnapped their daughters, an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old and ordered them to get inside a car.
Cortinas’ wife also told the 911 dispatch that her husband lost his mind and threatened to shoot the girls and himself if anyone approaches them.
The Gresham Police Department alerted the Portland Metropolitan PD about an armed suspect who intends to kill two children and commit suicide. They’ve also said that the suspect might have used the family’s vehicle, a black Range Rover, to abduct the children.
The Suspect’s Car Tracked Down After One Day
On Wednesday, a day after the Gresham Police Department alerted the Portland authorities about Jaime Cortinas and his intentions, the black family SUV was spotted in Portland’s eastern suburb, in the parking lot belonging to a gas station
Matt Anderson was the first one to respond to the call. As the veteran law enforcement officer recalls, upon seeing Cortinas’ vehicle, he got out of the police car in order to subdue the aggressor. Instead of surrendering, the deranged individual started a fire inside his vehicle, got out, and started to shoot towards Anderson.
Anderson dodged, took cover behind the vehicle, and returned fire. After a brief exchange of fire, the officer moved in to apprehend Cortinas, only to find him dead. The officers called the Fire Department in order to remove the children from the burning vehicle.
Regrettably, after the firefighters managed to reach the girls, they’ve discovered that they’ve been dead for some time. The autopsy report revealed that the 8-year-old and 11-year-old were shot multiple times with a high-caliber handgun. Moreover, Cortinas’ post-mortem examination concluded that the individual’s wound was self-inflicted, and not one of Anderson’s bullet hit him.
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