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UPDATE: SUBJECT WHO ATTACKED OFFICERS WITH KNIFE KILLED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 23rd, 2015 10:38 AM

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., two East Precinct officers, a 9-year veteran and a 6-year-veteran, responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a burglary in process in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived at 5:31 p.m. and found the caller attempting to restrain the subject.

As the officers approached the subject, he advanced toward them with a double-bladed knife, 10 inches in length, in a weaving, figure eight motion. The subject got very close to one of the officers, a 6-year veteran, who fired two rounds, striking the suspect. The subject remained on his feet and the other officer, a 9-year veteran, re-holstered his weapon and deployed a Taser. The subject then dropped to the ground and an ambulance immediately responded and transported him to a local hospital where he later died. The subject is a 36-year-old white male.

Detectives have learned the incident began as a neighborhood dispute over the weekend between the occupants of two residences.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy today and will notify the subject's next of kin. The subject is from out of state; detectives are still determining information regarding his criminal history and what his involvement was with the residents of both houses involved.

The identity of the officers will be released later this afternoon. They will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, PPB members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Detectives are still actively interviewing those involved and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416. 

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