Jury: Portland Police justified in knife-wielding man's death
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A grand jury has determined Portland police were justified in their shooting of a knife-wielding man last month.
Police were called to a home in the 2300 block of Southeast Sherman Street just before 5:30 p.m. on a report of a burglary. Detectives said the incident began earlier in the weekend as a neighborhood dispute.
When two officers arrived at the scene, a homeowner was restraining a man he said had been burglarizing his home.
According to police reports, the man broke free of the homeowner and came "very close" to two responding officers. Police said that man, later identified as 36-year-old Christopher R. Healy, was weaving a 10-inch, double-bladed knife in a figure-8 motion.
One of the officers then fired his weapon twice, striking Healy who remained standing.
Another officer then used a stun gun on Healy who was then taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. According to Portland police, Healy was a resident of Eerie, Penn.March 23, 2015
The police officers involved, Thomas Clark and Royce Crutiss, were placed on paid leave, which is standard procedure in police shootings.
"The officer was in a lot of danger and really could have turned out differently very easily," said Greg Stewart, a sergeant with the Portland Police Department, "We're all just really thankful that he's okay."
The city auditor's office released a report on the Portland Police Bureau training procedures earlier this year. The report says the bureau has made great strides in some areas in regards to its use of force procedures, but it criticizes the bureau in the area of training.