Gresham police identify man shot by officers after he charged them with a hatchet

Dmitri Bullard was shot and killed by Gresham police officers on May 18, 2018. Photo courtesy Gresham Police Department

GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham police identified the man shot and killed by officers early Friday morning as 24-year-old Dmitri Bullard, of Gresham.

In a release issued Monday morning, police said Bullard recently moved to Gresham from Farmington, Utah.

The police department says officers were dispatched to a report of a man prowling vehicles in Southeast Gresham Thursday at 11:50 p.m.

Officers located the suspect vehicle shortly after near Southwest Butler Road and Southeast Regner Road. They tried to perform a traffic stop, but the driver fled westbound on Southwest Butler Road. Police decided to not pursue the driver.

But, they later located the vehicle again driving on Southwest Butler Road near Southwest 190th Drive. They tried to stop the driver again, but the vehicle sped away on Southeast 190th Drive. Officers once again decided to not pursue the driver.

Minutes later, they found the vehicle crashed on Southwest Pleasant View Drive. Officers tried to contact the driver and he exited the vehicle with a hatchet and charged at them.

Two officers fired their weapons at the suspect, later identified as Bullard, and he died at the scene.

The officers involved in the incident are Joshua Price, who has been employed with the Gresham Police Department for a year, and Brendon Hayes, who has been employed with Gresham Police for two years.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information about the incident or about Bullard should call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.

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