By ANDREW SELSKY
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The new head of the FBI’s field office in Portland says the city’s soaring rate of gun violence and deaths is a public safety crisis that the FBI intends to try to stem with local law enforcement.
In a wide-ranging news conference Monday, Special Agent in Charge Kieran Ramsey also said any residents of Oregon who may have participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol will be held accountable if they’re caught.
Ramsey said FBI practice precludes him from speaking about whether anyone from Oregon might be under investigation for the riot.
The FBI has made about 270 arrests, with 30 more by other agencies, and more arrests are forthcoming, Ramsey said.
“And if we see those individuals that are residents here of Oregon and traveled there, they’ll be held accountable,” Ramsey said.