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Thursday in Portland: Beaverton officer strangled while checking on man lying on sidewalk and more news

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, May 11 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Beaverton officer strangled while checking on man lying on sidewalk

A Beaverton officer was attacked and injured by a man who had been reported lying on the sidewalk at the intersection of Southwest Allen Boulevard and Erickson Avenue. The man, identified as 35-year-old William Joseph Schott, reportedly strangled the officer after he attempted to check on him.

The officer, Michael Smith, suffered head and neck injuries and was treated then released from a hospital, according to Beaverton police and court records.

Police didn’t say what prompted the attack, but that the officer approached Schott to ask if he needed help after a concerned caller reported he was lying on the sidewalk.

Following the incident, Schott attempted to run away but was arrested less than a mile from the scene soon after. He’s been charged with strangulation and assaulting a public safety officer. Schott has an extensive record of arrests, including one that led to a conviction for attempting to assault an officer and resisting arrest in March 2016.

2. Teenager arrested, suspected in 7 drive-by shootings

A 17-year-old suspect in seven drive-by shootings in Vancouver, Clark County and Portland was arrested Monday after the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says they matched his gun to evidence found at the crime scenes.

Authorities reported that a white van was spotted leaving the area of an April 4 drive-by shooting in Vancouver. The sheriff’s office said they found a firearm from an associate of the suspect that was tested and determined to be connected to other shootings. Authorities served a warrant on the suspect’s house on Monday and on the white van, which was reportedly parked outside.

The suspect wasn’t home at the time of the search, but officials said they recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle which matched shootings in Clark County and Portland. They also found stolen items and 9mm casings that matched shootings in Vancouver.

The 17-year-old boy and another juvenile male who is a person of interest were arrested at a second residence. The 17-year-old faces charges including unlawful possession of a firearm and drive-by shooting.

3. Damian Lillard named third team All-NBA alongside LeBron James, Julius Randle

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA third team on Wednesday, marking the star’s seventh time receiving All-NBA honors and his second time being named to the third team. He has the most All-NBA selections in franchise history.

The star guard had an incredible 11th season, averaging a career-high 32.2 points per game with 7.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Lillard ranked third in the NBA in points per game.

The All-NBA third team includes other notable athletes like Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and New York Knicks’ Julius Randle.

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