Portland police say suspect wanted to be killed



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a man who grabbed two people in Portland wanted to be killed by officers in a “suicide by cop.”

The 43-year-old Sandy man, Casey Betts, was subdued by Tasers Monday night and is jailed on burglary and attempted kidnapping charges.

The Oregonian reports he walked into a house where the front door had been left open because of the heat. Police say he grabbed a woman, but was fought off by a man in the house. Police say Betts went to a nearby home and grabbed a 12-year-old boy as he was climbing into his uncle’s truck.

When officers arrived, Betts was holding the boy around the neck in an intersection, holding a chunk of concrete in his other hand. Officers subdued him with their stun guns.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com