The man shot by police on the Springwater Corridor was apparently homeless and camping near the recreational path, police now say.
The Portland Police Bureau just identified the man as 23-year-old Nicholas Glendon Davis, and the officer involved in the shooting as Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran.
Cops say Davis assaulted a man near SE Foster and 104th Thursday morning, shortly after 6 am. Brown and another officer, Matthew Nilsen, responded. They found Brown a short distance away, on the Springwater. Police say the man began swinging a three-foot crowbar at close range, and that Brown tripped as he was walking away. Davis kept coming, and Brown shot him in the chest, killing him, police say. It's not clear if the officer was on his feet when he fired the fatal shot.
Davis shows up in this December story from the Clackamas Review, which photographed him being arrested on an identity theft charge.
Here's the full news release:
The suspect who attacked two Portland Police officers with a crowbar on Thursday morning has been identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Glendon Davis. Davis was shot by one of the officers and died at the scene.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy this morning and determined that Davis died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Davis' family lives out of the area and has been notified of his death.
Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief, is the officer involved in the shooting.
Officer Matthew Nilsen, an 18-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief, was present but was not involved in the shooting.
Preliminary information indicates that the officers arrived in the area of Southeast Foster Road and 104th Avenue, and spoke to the male adult victim and learned that the incident was an assault rather than a robbery and the victim provided information on where the suspect was last seen in the area. The victim did not require any medical attention as a result of the assault.
A short time after speaking with the victim, the officers located the suspect, Davis, along the Springwater Corridor, just South of Foster Road. Davis appeared to be living along the Springwater Corridor.
Officers made contact with Davis and, without provocation, Davis attacked the officers while armed with a large metal crowbar.
The officers, who were in very close proximity to Davis, began backing away from Davis in an attempt to disengage him and to create distance between them and the armed suspect. Officer Brown fell backwards as he tried to create distance and Davis continued to advance, armed with the crowbar.
Officer Brown fired a handgun, striking and killing Davis. Officers called for immediate cover and medical personnel to respond to the scene to treat Davis.
Neither officer needed medical attention at the scene as a result of the attack.
Detectives have authorized the release of a photo of the actual 3' long crowbar used in the attack.
Detectives have spoken with multiple civilian witnesses who have provided much of this information to police.
Officer Nilsen has been interviewed by detectives and Officer Brown will be interviewed in the next few days.
No additional information will be released in this case until after the Grand Jury.