Six officers on leave in Friday death identified
Six police officers — including four from Portland State University and two Portland police — are on paid leave after a man they confronted Thursday in downtown died in a hospital.
The deceased man has been identified as Richard A. Barry, 52. Police initially said he suffered a medical event while being treated at a hospital, but the cause of death was not released by Friday evening.
The six officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal investigations.
The two Portland officers have been identified as Officer James DeAnda, a one-year veteran of the Bureau, and Officer Jared Abby, a one-year and 11 month veteran of the bureau.
The PSU employees are campus police Officer David Troppe and public safety officers Michael Anderson, Danae Murphy and Nichola Highee. They were first identified by The Oregonian.
"The Police Bureau will continue its investigations and will communicate additional information when appropriate to preserve the integrity of the investigation," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I have been in communication with Portland State University Police Department Chief Donnell Tanksley and we are committed to a thorough and transparent investigation."
According to police, at 8:19 a.m. on Nov. 22, PSU Police Department officers and bureau Central Precinct officers responded to perform a welfare check near Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Mill Street on multiple reports of a subject yelling and running in the streets.
Four PSU officers located a person matching the description provided by callers to 9-1-1. The subject, an adult male, reportedly struggled with the officers and they requested assistance from the responding Central Precinct officers.
After Central Precinct officers arrived, the subject was restrained and based on his behavior, officers requested the subject be transported by ambulance for treatment to an area hospital, where he died.
The identity of the man and the manner or cause of death will be provided after a member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office completes an autopsy and the man's next of kin are notified.
Portland police detectives assigned to the Homicide Detail responded to continue the investigation. Members with the Police Bureau's Professional Standards Division are also responding to begin an internal administrative investigation.
The incident happened a little more than two months after the controversial fatal shooting of an armed man by PSU officers. Although a Multnomah County grand jury cleared the officers in the shooting of Jason Washington, his family is considering legal action of PSU directors are revieweing whether to diarm the univeristy's police department.
The two Central Precinct officers who assisted the PSU oficers will remain on paid administrative leave, as per bureau policy, until the completion of the investigation and it has been reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney.
The Portland Police Bureau's directive outlining the procedures followed after an incident such as this may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780.
As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.
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