Nearly three days after a 60-year-old homeless man was killed by police in an abandoned car wash after he reportedly came at them with a knife, the Portland Police Bureau tonight identified the officers who shot him.
In a statement that also referenced autopsy results from the medical examiner's office, the bureau announced the man "died of multiple gun shots" fired by two officers: Jason Lile, who has served 10 years with the bureau, and Larry Wingfield, who has been with the PPB for 18 years. Read our update on the lead-in to Sunday night's shooting on SE 82nd Avenue, Portland's second of the year involving the firing of a police gun, here.
Still no update, however, on the dead man's name. Although the PPB knows the name, they won't make it public because the medical examiner's office still has "not been able to locate and notify next-of-kin." They did manage to release information on his criminal record—not that Lile and Wingfield would have been terribly familiar with it when they confronted him over threats he apparently made to a security guard at a nearby grocery store. It seems the man had spent some time behind bars California for "serious person to person crimes."
Tonight was actually a busy night for the bureau's email servers. The PPB also officially identified the officer who fired a single bullet at a murder suspect outside Club 915 early New Year's Day—19-year traffic Sergeant Mike Fort. Even though Police Chief Mike Reese, in a Q&A on Monday with reporters from nearly every Portland media outlet, already laid out who the officer was and why he fired. (Although perhaps Mayor Sam Adams' unhelpful comments Saturday may have had a part in Reese's sneak preview?)