Date: April 16, 2021
Subject: Robert Douglas Delgado, 46
Involved Bureau Member: Officer Zachary Delong
On Friday, April 16, 2021, at approximately 9:28 a.m., Portland Police officers were dispatched to Lents Park. A community member called the Bureau of Emergency Communication (BOEC) to report a man, later identified as 46-year-old Robert Douglas Delgado, in Lents Park quick drawing and holding what looked like a handgun. Lents Park is located at 4727 SE 92nd Avenue.
The first officer arrived at approximately 9:36 a.m. Other officers arrived shortly after.
At approximately 9:40 a.m., officers reported that the shooting took place and Mr. Delgado was down. The shooting took place from approximately 90 feet away. At approximately 9:41 a.m., an ambulance was dispatched and on the way.
The officers made a plan to approach Mr. Delgado. At approximately 9:47 a.m., officers called for medical personnel to come in. By approximately 9:48 a.m., officers were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used materials from an individual first aid kit (IFAK) as part of lifesaving efforts. At approximately 9:53 a.m., medical personnel took over administering first aid. Mr. Delgado was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The officer involved was Officer Zachary Delong, an 8-year veteran of the Police Bureau assigned to East Precinct.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office completed an autopsy which determined that Mr. Delgado died of a single gunshot wound.
Audio of a portion of this call related to this timeline was released three days after the shooting: https://youtu.be/e-2WjCx7DQY
On April 29, 2021, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that their offices would jointly investigate this officer-involved shooting.
On September 23, 2021, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, a grand jury returned a not true bill and found the use of force was not criminal under Oregon law. The case was presented by two Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys and two Assistant Attorneys General appointed by the Department of Justice at the request of DA Schmidt.
As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau conducts an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.
The Portland Police Bureau's directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer-involved shooting may be found in Directive 1010.10