Gresham police shoot, kill man who threatened them with hatchet
Two Gresham Police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly charged at them with a hatchet early Friday morning.
The man, identified as 24-year-old Dmitri Bullard, had recently moved to Gresham from Farmington, Utah.
The officers involved in the shooting were Joshua Price, who has been employed at the Gresham Department for one year after previously working for another Portland metro agency, and Brendon Hayes, who has been with Gresham for two years.
At around midnight, May 17, officers were sent to investigate reports of a man prowling vehicles in Southeast Gresham.
The officers report finding Bullard's car near Southwest Butler Road and Southeast Regner Road, and attempted to stop him. Police say Bullard fled westbound on Butler, and officers did not pursue.
They later found Bullard driving normally near Southeast 190th Drive, though when they tried to stop the car Bullard once again fled.
According to the report, the officers did not pursue. Minutes later, police said, Bullard's car was found crashed on Southwest Pleasant View Drive. When the officers attempted to speak with him, he allegedly charged at them with a hatchet, officers said. Price and Hayes fired their weapons at Bullard, who died at the scene.
The incident is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting or Bullard is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.