FAIRVIEW, Ore. – A Fairview police officer who shot a man lunging at him with a knife Tuesday was the same officer who opened fire on a car barreling towards him earlier in November, police said.
Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Gerkman was checking on a man who was reportedly acting “strangely” in an apartment at 22719 NE Halsey with the help of two Multnomah County Deputies, said Chief Ken Johnson with Fairview police.
Gerkman was let into the apartment where he encountered Tyler Brown of Federal Way, Wash. That’s when Brown grabbed a large kitchen knife, Johnson said.
Gerkman, who was mere feet away from Brown, drew his gun and ordered him to drop the knife. Brown suddenly lunged at Gerkman in a “threatening manner,” prompting Gerkman to fire three rounds, which hit Brown, Johnson said.
Brown then struggled with police as they rendered medical aid and took him to the hospital where he was in stable condition.
Background: Police shoot man in Fairview apartment
Less than one month before Tuesday’s shooting, Gerkman was in another incident where he fired on a suspect. On November 11, he tried to stop a car with stolen license plates, Johnson said.
The suspect fled with police in pursuit and was eventually pinned down on a dead end road. The suspect turned the car around to face Gerkman said he thought the driver was surrendering.
Gerkman got out and challenged the driver, but the suspect hit the gas and drove full speed towards him. Gerkman said he thought he was going to be hit and didn’t have time to get out of the way, so he fired, hitting the hood of the car, Johnson said.
The suspect swerved, barely missing Gerkman, and later hit a Multnomah County Sheriff’s patrol car after speeding off from the scene, Johnson said. Gerkman was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, and a grand jury determined the use of force was justified, Johnson said.
Gerkman was returned to duty before Tuesday’s shooting after which he was again placed on administrative leave. Major Crimes Team detectives will continue their investigation into the shooting, Johnson said.