Investigation continues into police shooting
[Portland, OR]

February 24, 2001 Saturday Sunrise Edition
Copyright 2001 The Oregonian
The Oregonian
February 24, 2001 Saturday Sunrise Edition

(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Officer Robert H. Pippen is out on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues into his shooting of an alleged carjacker whom he wounded in Beaverton at the end of a police chase Thursday afternoon.

Pippen, 42, joined the Portland Police Bureau six years ago. Officers involved in shootings are routinely placed on administrative leave.

Pippen was driving to court in downtown Portland on Thursday afternoon when he noticed a blue BMW in front of him that matched the description of a vehicle being sought in a Southeast Portland carjacking.

Pippen followed the car from Southwest First Avenue and Columbia Street onto Interstate-5 south. As the BMW turned off the freeway onto Southwest Multnomah Boulevard, it sped up, and at least four patrol cars chased after it. The BMW crashed in the 6700 block of Southwest Oleson Road.

When the driver, David Ernest Gildersleeve, 34, exited the car with a handgun, Pippen fired at him, Officer John Wrigley said.

Gildersleeve was struck once in the upper right leg and taken to OHSU Hospital, before being transferred to Portland Adventist Medical Center.

On Friday, he was booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center and accused of first-degree robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and an attempt to elude police. He also is being held on a warrant for third-degree robbery.

The carjacking took place about 1 p.m. Police said Gildersleeve approached 49-year-old Mary R. Finzel, of Oregon City, in the parking lot of the Franz Bakery at 8440 S.E. 45th Ave. in Southeast Portland and demanded her car keys at gunpoint. Finzel was not injured.

The officer-involved shooting occurred one week after another police shooting in Portland. On Feb. 15, Officer Joseph F. Mitcham, 49, shot James D. Farmer, 34, in the upper torso after Farmer tried to elude police pursuing him for a traffic violation. Farmer is in custody on a fugitive warrant and accused of distribution of a controlled substance.

Both cases will be reviewed by a Multnomah County grand jury.

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