People's Police Report
Shootings & deaths
Portland Copwatch Updates List of Police Shootings for Attorney
General-- 141 in Six Years
--On Jan. 16, Beaverton Officer Derek Vuylsteke shot and killed Adam Karjalainen, 34, who was allegedly advancing with a replica gun as police tried to arrest him on a warrant (Portland Tribune January 20).
--On January 18, Medford Sgt. Darrell Graham shot and killed Timothy Caruthers, 27, when Caruthers allegedly thrust a knife toward Graham, who had been off-duty and shopping but identified himself as an officer (KDRV-TV, February 24).
--On January 26, an as-yet-unnamed Oregon State Trooper (article) and an also unnamed FBI agent shot and killed Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, 54, after forcing his fleeing vehicle to stop on a remote highway in eastern Oregon and Finicum reached inside his coat. Finicum had been part of the armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to make a political statement about publicly owned lands. The FBI agent (on their Hostage Rescue Team) probably just hit the vehicle,but did not report discharging his weapon and is under investigation (Oregonlive, March 8).
--On January 28, African American teenager Christopher Kalonji, 19, was shot and killed by Clackamas County Sgt. Tony Killinger and Deputy Lon Steinhauer after a standoff following Kalonji's reported mental health crisis. Though police say Kalonji was threatening family members with a rifle, the family denies that accusation, saying their son wanted help (Skanner, February 3). As with the death of Michael Johnson in November at the hands of the PPB (PPR #67), the medical examiner declared Kalonji's death a suicide (Oregonlive, March 4).
--On February 5, Seaside Officer David Davidson shot and killed Philip Ferry, 55, after Ferry killed Sgt. Jason Goodding as the two cops tried taking Ferry in on a warrant (Oregonian, February 17). Based on evidence caught on body cameras, the Clatsop County DA declared Davidson was "legally and morally justified" in shooting Ferry.
--On March 25, two Linn County deputies shot and wounded Brian Eller, 39, who fled on foot after a car chase south of Albany (Oregonian, March 26).
--On April 7, Washington County Sheriffs Deputies responding to Greg Howard Moore, 54, breaking out windows in Cornelius shot and wounded him when "the situation escalated rapidly" (Cornelius Police, April 8).
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