Girlfriend of man shot, killed by police after domestic incident: 'He didn't deserve this"
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The girlfriend of a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by police after allegedly brandishing two knives said he didn't deserve to be shot.
Police got calls about a couple fighting around 3 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment on SE 190th Avenue in Gresham. Some witnesses told dispatchers they saw a woman screaming and "banging" the windows inside a car on Grant Street, a cul-de-sac about 14 blocks south of where the calls originated.
Two officers found the couple and attempted to talk to the man, who has been identified as Bodhi Phelps. Police say he ran toward the car where the victim was, ignored officers' orders to stop and took out two knives.
Witnesses say the officers told him multiple times to drop the knives. Shortly after, they heard anywhere between 3 and 8 gunshots. Phelps was pronounced dead at the scene.
Courtney Sherrell, Phelp's girlfriend, spoke with KATU News Wednesday, saying she got a flat tire when the couple pulled over on Grant Street.
"We hit each other, we got a little out of hand and we hit each other," Sherrell said. "I mean, it shouldn't have been like that."
She said reports of her banging on the windows of the car and yelling for help are not true.
"That didn't happen. It might have appeared that happened, because we were fighting," Sherrell said.
Police say Phelps was wanted on three Multnomah County warrants including identity theft and heroin possession.
The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Gavin Sasser and Kevin Carlson. Sasser was hired by the Gresham Police Department in August of 2008, and Carlson in August of 2015.
Both officers have been placed on leave. The case will go to a grand jury.