PORTLAND -- A grand jury has found that a suburban Portland officer was justified in shooting and wounding a man during a welfare check earlier this month.
The Multnomah County district attorney's office said yesterday that grand jurors charged the man who was shot with attempted second-degree assault.
Fairview Officer Brian Gerkman and two Multnomah County sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment Dec. 3 after a report of a man talking to himself.
Fairview police Chief Ken Johnson said Tyler Brown of Federal Way, Wash., lunged at Gerkman with a kitchen knife, and Gerkman fired three times.
Brown was arrested yesterday afternoon as he was about to be released from a hospital. He was taken to the county jail.
This was the second shooting involving Gerkman in less than two months.
In November, Gerkman fired at a car and hit it after a traffic stop and chase. A grand jury said the driver was trying to run the officer down. Gerkman was put back on duty.