PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Multnomah County Grand Jury ruled Wednesday that two Portland police officers were justified in a February 2017 shooting of a 56-year-old man in Southeast Portland who was carrying a replica gun.
The man, Don Allan Perkins, was shot by officers on Feb. 9. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition but survived his injuries. After his recovery, the court ordered him to receive mental health treatment.
According to the investigation, Perkins was on prescription painkillers when the officers arrived, and he acted out to try and force the officers to shoot and kill him. This is a method of attempted suicide commonly known as "suicide by cop."
On Feb. 9, police received 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. On Feb. 10, police revealed 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 were placed on paid administrative leave, per standard protocol.
Officers quickly created a plan to safely approach Perkins and started medical aid.
The shooting was the second involving Portland police officers on Feb. 9. Police shot and killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect who had a replica gun in Northeast Portland in the morning.
Information about officer-involved shootings since 2010 can be found here.
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