GRESHAM, Ore. -- A Multnomah County grand jury on Thursday found two Gresham police officers were justified in shooting a 22-year-old man during a domestic violence call in May.
The ruling was made after a two-day hearing, which included 17 witness testimonies.
The officers shot and killed Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps of Fairview in the early morning of May 24. That morning, police responded to a call about domestic violence near Southeast 190th Avenue and Grant Street.
Witnesses called 911 at about 3 a.m. to report that a couple had been fighting inside a home before the 25-year-old woman was forced into a car, screaming for help, said officer John Rasmussen of the Gresham Police Department.
Minutes later, more witnesses reported a woman screaming and banging from inside the car on a cul-de-sac about 14 blocks away, Rasmussen said.
"All of the calls came indicating the altercation, the assault, was happening outside. Which is part of the reason we got so many calls, it was very physical," he said.
Officers confronted Phelps, who was armed with two knives, on the street. During the chase, Phelps told one officer he was going to stab him, Rasmussen said. Two officers shot at Phelps six times each and Phelps was struck by 11 of the 12 bullets, police said.
No officers were injured and the condition of the woman was not released.
According to police, Phelps was wanted for three Multnomah County warrants: violation of probation for identity theft, violation of probation for possession of heroin, and a nationwide felony warrant for possession of heroin.