PORTLAND – A man with a disabling back injury fought off an armed assailant who fired on him on the MAX platform Thursday night, the victim told police.
“I could’ve been killed so maybe I should not take every breath I breathe for granted,” said Josh Smith.
Around 9:30 p.m., the 28-year-old was waiting for a MAX train at Southeast Foster Road and Interstate 205 when he was confronted by a man on a bicycle, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Smith told police that the suspect wanted to listen to his headphones. He refused, so the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired on him.
“I can feel the wind go right past me,” said Smith.
The victim then grabbed the suspect and struggled with him on the ground where he injured his arm, Simpson said.
Smith told KGW that he used his Jiu-Jitsu moves to wrestle the attacker to the ground.
The suspect got up and fled on his black BMX bicycle. He was described as a Hispanic male in his mid 20s, wearing a white T-shirt, shorts, and a backwards black baseball hat. He was last seen on Southeast 92nd Avenue.
“Anybody else would’ve handed him what he wanted and he would’ve gotten away with it,” said Smith.
Anyone with additional information was asked to call Police.