Police identify armed man, officers in Friday shooting
Portland police have released more details in the officer-involved shooting of a man armed with a handgun outside Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday.
The man who died at the scene is identified as 51-year-old Michael Gregory Johnson. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
The officers involved in the shooting are Russell Corno, assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team and the Special Emergency Reaction Team, and Chad Daul, assigned to the Transit Police Division and SERT. Both officers are on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation, which is standard procedure.
According to police, detectives have learned that before the shooting, several officers, including those who have received Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team training, attempted to talk with Johnson, but he did not engage with them in any meaningful dialogue.
Detectives have also learned that as officers were attempting to talk to Johnson, he fired two rounds into the ground from a handgun, separated by a few minutes. Several minutes after the second shot, Johnson fired a third round from his handgun toward police officers, resulting in Corno and Daul shooting him.
Police say that as soon as Johnson was on the ground, another SERT officer fired a less lethal baton at his lower extremities because he was still armed with the gun. Seeing no response, SERT officers approached Johnson and began to render aid, calling for Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics (assigned to SERT) to treat the suspect's injuries.
Medical efforts were unsuccessful, however, and Johnson died at the scene.
Several witnesses and officers have been interviewed by detectives. The involved officers will be interviewed on Monday.
The shooting happened month after the city and the U.S. Department of Justice signed a settlement intended to reduce the police use of excessive force against the mentally ill and others in Portland. The Portand Police Bureau has adopted new rules and changed training procedures, and the City Council has increased funding to the bureau to comply with the settlement.
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