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Autopsy: Man killed self in police shootout

Officer involved was also part of a December 2004 shooting

Portland police officer Richard Steinbronn shot an armed Jerry Goins four times outside a military recruiting station at Eastport Plaza yesterday - but that's not what killed him.

An autopsy Thursday indicated that Goins, 37, took his own life with a gunshot to the head.

"The manner of death is listed as suicide," said Multnomah County Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Clifford Nelson. "Based on the investigation so far, it appears that, although he was shot in the abdomen, the thing that immediately ended his life was what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to head."

Steinbronn was also involved in the death of a suspect Dec. 2, 2004, after police cornered alleged car thief Willie Grigsby in a Southeast 84th Avenue driveway. Steinbronn fired a Taser at Grisgby to no effect and then was shot in the leg. Steinbronn and two other officers fired 27 shots at Grigsby, hitting him 13 times and killing him.

Steinbronn had been looking for Goins after a caller to 911 said he was armed and on his way to look for his girlfriend at the recruiting post, police said. Enlisted in the Navy and stationed in California, Goins was distraught over his relationship with his girlfriend, police said.

Steinbronn, 36 and a nine-year Portland Police Bureau veteran, talked with Goins on the phone, police said, and Goins told him he had no plans to come to the shopping center and was not in the area.

Steinbronn was about to leave around 4:15 p.m. yesterday when he saw Goins, who had a gun, police said.

After a brief confrontation, during which Steinbronn ordered Goins to drop his gun, Goins turned toward Steinbronn, police said. Both men fired and Goins dropped to the ground. He died at the scene less than an hour later.

To read the full story, see Friday's edition of The Portland Tribune