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State Deadly Force Incidents Pass Annual Average
Despite Pandemic
32 Incidents by Mid-December Only Slight Decline from 2019

While 2020 isn't quite over at the time this newsletter goes to press, law enforcement in Oregon had already surpassed the average yearly number of deadly force cases by late October, when a Salem officer killed a man after a car/foot chase. Portland Copwatch tracked at least 268 deadly force incidents from 2010-2019 (PPR #80), meaning the yearly average is 27 incidents per year. So far in 2020, that number of incidents is at least 32, compared to 35 total in 2019. As noted in the article on local shootings (this issue), no new Portland Police incidents happened between mid-August and our deadline. Below are the 13 incidents reported since our last issue. Notably, six happened in September.

--On December 8, Linn County Deputy Brandon Rathelegurche and Oregon State Troopers Caleb Yoder, Michael Iacob and Joseph Sousa shot and killed Brad Masters, 27, in Gates (near Salem). Masters allegedly got out of a car after a chase that started in Bend (95 miles away) and pointed a weapon at officers (KPTV-12, December 9).

--Also on December 8, an unnamed US Marshal in Portland as part of a task force trying to arrest Jonathan Crowley, 31, on a warrant, shot and wounded Crowley, who had allegedly "revved his engine and drove toward a deputy Marshal" (OPB, December 9).

--On December 7, Josephine County Deputies, Oregon State Police and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officers were involved in a shootout during a domestic violence standoff in Cave Junction where Donald Guest, 56, died, but it was not clear whether by his own hand or by bullets fired by police (KTVL-10, December 7 and KBOI-5, December 9).

--On November 30, Eugene Police Officers Ryan Trullinger and Bo Rankin each shot at Muhsin Sharif, 26, first after Sharif allegedly drove a car toward Trullinger and then when he confronted Rankin with a knife after a short foot chase. Sharif, who was wounded, was suspected of assault and violating a restraining order (KVAL-13, December 16).

--On November 27, unnamed Clackamas County deputies (including ones serving as Wilsonville police), and an unnamed Tualatin police officer shot and killed an unidentified man after they responded to a call that he had fired a gun and threatened to kill his wife, then "did not comply with their commands to surrender" (Oregonlive, November 28).

--On October 29, Salem Police Officer Andrew Parsons shot and killed Rodolfo Martinez-Cortez, image of October 11, 2020 KPTV-12 article Forest Grove family 
mourns man's death after being tased by police39, after Martinez-Cortez crashed his vehicle and ran away with Parsons in pursuit on foot. Parsons had a gunshot wound in his leg, but the Oregonian's October 31 article doesn't explicitly say Martinez-Cortez shot him.

--On October 7, an unnamed Forest Grove Officer used a Taser on James Marshall, 44, when he was running around without a shirt on carrying a 10 foot flagpole, sending Marshall to the hospital (Oregonian, October 10). Marshall died two days later (KPTV, October 11), making this at least the 13th Taser-related death tracked by Portland Copwatch in Oregon since 2006.

--On September 28, Marion County Deputy Ricky Kittelson fired a gun at Jose Jesus Lopez- Tinoco, 34, a suspect who allegedly killed two people and wounded a third in a home in Salem (KPTV-12, September 29). It was later declared that Lopez-Tinoco took his own life and that Kittleson's bullets did not hit him (Oregonlive, November 20).

--On September 26, Washington County Deputy Brett Winders shot at, but missed, Breck Carter, 39, following a property dispute between Carter and his neighbor where Carter retreated to his own home in Aloha when Deputies arrived. Carter allegedly pointed a gun at them (Washington County Sheriff's Office, October 2). The Oregonian (September 27) reports that Carter was treated for an "unrelated injury."

--On September 17, an unnamed Gresham police officer shot and wounded an unidentified man after he "displayed a gun" while in a vehicle that had been reported as "suspicious" (Oregonlive, September 18).

--On September 16, three unnamed Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Officers shot and wounded Jonny James, 29, who had run away from a home being built, tried to steal a truck and attempted to harm himself with a weeding tool. The police say he approached them with the tool, so they fired a "less lethal" round before firing handguns (KOBI-5 and KDRV-12, September 16).

--On September 12, Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Kintzley with their SWAT team shot and killed Terry Dickson (age unknown) in a motel room in Lakeview when Dickson allegedly refused to drop a gun (KTVZ-21, September 13 and Klamath Falls Herald News, October 16). Dickson was known to have mental illness.

--On September 5, an unnamed Oregon City Officer shot at Craig Abe McCarthy, 30, after McCarthy allegedly rammed a police car. Apparently McCarthy was not hit by a bullet, but rather was injured in the crash and by a police dog (Oregonlive, September 6).

  People's Police Report

January, 2021
Also in PPR #82

100+ Days of Protests and Police Violence
  Officer Indicted for On-Duty Assault with Vehicle
Portland Out of Compliance with DOJ Agreement
Oversight Board Continues; New System Voted In
No PPB Shootings but Two Incidents in Washington
  • State Deadly Force Incidents Pass Average Despite Pandemic
Outside Report Knocks '18 Shooting of Black Man
New Profililng Reports Show Same Disparities
Houseless Community Faces Winter, COVID, Sweeps
Terror Task Force: Community Wants Full Withdrawal
Training Council Analyzes Use of Force
 • Second Round of Police Budget Cuts Scuttled
 • Police Contract Talks to Restart in January
 • Lawsuits Total Nearly $16 M in 28 Years
 • New "Brady Rule" Policy and Other Policies Posted
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