PORTLAND-- The assault suspect killed in Southeast Portland Thursday morning has been identified as a 23-year-old man.
Officers responded to reports of a pedestrian who was assaulted and robbed along the Springwater Corridor when the shooting occurred.
They confronted the robbery suspect, Nicholas Glendon Davis near where the Springwater Corridor meets Southeast Foster Road and he started swinging at them with a crowbar, said Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.
Without provocation, the suspect attacked the officers while armed with a large metal crowbar, Simpson said. (photo of crowbar below)
Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of Portland police, shot Davis, Simpson said. Officer Matthew Nilsen was at the scene but not involved in the shooting.
The suspect died at the scene. An autopsy later confirmed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Simpson said Davis was likely living along the Springwater Corridor. His family lives out of the area and was notified of his death.
The decision to use deadly physical force is the most important decision that a police officer will make in the course of their career, Simpson said. The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that officers may be required to use deadly force when their lives or the life of another is jeopardized by the actions of others.
Brown was placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice, Simpson said. The Portland Police Bureau will also conduct an internal review of the incident.