Jennifer Pierce Biography — Wiki
Jennifer Pierce is identified as the Portland police officer who was allegedly rammed by detainee David Dahlen with a stolen pickup on Christmas Eve. But about four hours later, he escaped from a temporary holding cell in the Police Bureau’s detective division and ran out of police headquarters in downtown Portland, police said.
Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officers discovered Dahlen had escaped from the holding cell in the detective division, where investigators planned to question him about the Dec. 24 incident and resulting police shooting.
Jennifer Pierce Age
Jennifer Pierce’s age is still unknown.
David Dahlen accused of striking Portland officer Jennifer Pierce with stolen pickup
A manhunt was underway in Portland on Saturday night after a suspect – David Dahlen – accused of ramming into a police officer with a stolen truck on Christmas Eve — somehow escaped from a holding cell at the city’s Central Precinct, according to a report.
The police officer, Jennifer Pierce, hit by the truck on December 24 was hospitalized with a broken pelvis, FOX 12 of Oregon reported.
Dahlen was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, the report said. But he was discovered missing from the holding cell around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, about four hours after being booked.
Officer Kevin Allen, a bureau spokesman, said officers have not yet figured out how Dahlen escaped but said it was “unprecedented” in the bureau’s recent history. An investigation will be done into how the escape occurred, Allen said.
What we know so far about David Dahlen
Allen said after bureau members discovered he had escaped, they secured the building, and surveillance video showed Dahlen running north from Central Precinct. As of 8:30 p.m., officers had not yet found Dahlen. He said the holding cell is a temporary locking room in the police bureau. This was not one of the cells in the Multnomah County Detention Center, which are more formal and guarded by sheriff’s deputies, he said.
East Precinct officers had arrested Dahlen about 1:30 p.m. Saturday after a short foot chase in the area of Southeast 101st Avenue and Insley Street.
David Dahlen Criminal Record
He was taken to the detective division for questioning in the December 24 incident, where he’s accused of driving a stolen pickup into an officer at a 76 gas station at the corner of Southeast Powell and Cesar Chavez Boulevards. When officers tried to box in the stolen truck, the driver rammed into Pierce, who was standing outside of her car, according to witnesses at the scene. Pierce was pinned between the truck and her patrol car, witnesses said. The pickup then backed up and drove forward, striking her again, according to the pickup’s owner who arrived at the scene. He said Pierce fired her gun at the truck after she was struck a second time.
The pickup peeled out of the gas station and officers located it unoccupied and abandoned in Southeast Portland an hour later, police said.
The pickup had been stolen from a Southeast Portland auto shop the prior Monday. The owner and his girlfriend were finishing up holiday shopping when a friend spotted their truck on Southeast Powell Boulevard. They alerted police and arrived at the 76 gas station when the police encounter occurred.
A witness’ video obtained by KOIN 6 captured the stolen pickup ramming the driver’s side of a marked patrol car and pushing it forward before driving out of the gas station’s lot. The driver’s door of the police car was open at the time it was struck by the stolen truck.