Man shot by police in SE Portland had replica gun, expected to survive

Second officer-involved shooting in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police have identified a man who was shot by officers Thursday night in Southeast Portland as 56-year-old Don Allan Perkins.

Perkins was in critical condition when he was taken to a hospital, but on Friday police said he is expected to survive.

The shooting was the second involving Portland police officers on Thursday. Police shot and killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect who had a replica gun in Northeast Portland in the morning.

Thursday night's incident began after reports of a man threatening suicide. Officers were dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. to Southeast 22nd Avenue and Lafayette Street and started looking for the man, now identified as Perkins. At about 7:15 p.m., dispatchers learned Perkins was in a vehicle in the 3300 block of Lafayette Street.

Officers, including a crisis team, started talking with Perkins and learned he had a gun. Police on Friday said the firearm was a realistic-looking replica gun

As they continued to try to talk with Perkins, he got out of the vehicle and had an encounter with officers. He was shot by two of them. Police identified the officers as 11-year veterans Roger Walsh and Bradley Clark. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, per standard protocol.

Officers quickly created a plan to safely approach Perkins and started medical aid.

An investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and presented to a grand jury upon completion, which is standard procedure.

Information about officer-involved shootings since 2010 can be found here.

(© 2017 KGW)


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