Man with knife who was fatally shot ID'd as David Downs
Portland Police have identified the man allegedly armed with a knife who was killed by police during an apparent hostage situation.
David Wayne Downs, 38, died of a gun shot wound after the Sunday, June 9, shooting inside the stairwell of a Pearl District building at 1331 N.W. Lovejoy Street.
"Detectives are trying to determine how long Downs had been in the Portland area," officers say. "He was previously a resident of California."
Toxicology reports are pending, but police say Downs' family has been notified. The Portland Police Bureau released a photo of the knife that they claim Downs was "using during the incident."
However, police say they do not expect to release any more information in order to "protect the integrity" of the Grand Jury proceedings, which will determine whether authorities acted lawfully.
Internal Affairs interviewed the involved officers — Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski, a two-year veteran, who deployed deadly force, and Jackson Oldham, a four-year veteran, who deployed less lethal force — within 48 hours of the incident, which is Bureau policy.
Police will also conduct an internal review of the incident before the Police Review Board.
Read a previous update below:
A man with a knife holding a woman hostage was shot and killed by police in a stairwell in a Pearl District building Sunday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
The two officers on the scene were not injured. Police identified them Monday as Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski, a two-year veteran, who deployed deadly force, and Jackson Oldham, a four-year veteran, who deployed less lethal force.
"This is the third time since last October that Portland Police officers have responded to a hostage situation involving an armed suspect," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "The danger of these situations forces officers to rely upon deadly force, which is an option police would rather avoid having to use. Due to the quick actions of the officers, the victim survived this incident with her life."
Bureau spokeswoman Lt. Tina Jones said the incident began around 10 a.m. in the area of Northwest 14th and Lovejoy. A report of a disturbance brought officers to the scene, where they found a man and a woman in a stairwell in the parking garage. The man, who was reportedly armed with a knife, also threatened to have an explosive device.
Mayor Ted Wheeler arrived at the scene around 11:15 a.m. Shortly after, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw arrived.
According to police, when officers arrived, they contacted a man and a woman in the stairwell of the building. The woman appeared to be injured. Police say that attempts were made to communicate with the suspect, and that less lethal and lethal force was ultimately used.
Officers requested medical assistance, but the suspect was determined to be deceased at the scene before to medical help arrived.
The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment to her injuries.
The PPB Explosive Disposal Unit responded to the scene and determined there was not an explosive and no threat to the public. Homicide detectives and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office are continuing this shooting investigation.
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