Portland Police Arrest Man Who Grabbed Officers Gun During Struggle

On Friday February 10, 2012, at 12:32 p.m., two Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct stopped 41-year-old Thomas Roser for riding his bicycle westbound on Northwest Everett Street, which is a one-way street for eastbound traffic. Roser stopped for officers at Northwest 4th and Glisan.

As officers were talking with Roser, he began to display signs that he was going to try to run or fight with the officers, then said, “I got a gun,” as he made motions consistent with drawing a gun.

Both officers grabbed onto Roser who began struggling with police and consistently trying to access his right hip area during the struggle. Roser also grabbed onto one officers holstered gun.

Roser was taken into custody and a fixed-blade knife in a sheath was located in his right hip area where Roser had been reaching during the struggle.

Officers learned that Roser had a Federal Parole Violation warrant for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Roser was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for the warrant and additional charges of Escape in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Menacing, Resist Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.