Man with hatchet killed by police identified
Portland authorities continue to investigate after local police fatally shot a man who was allegedly armed with an "axe or hatchet" in Southeast Portland.
Police say the fatal shooting began after East Precinct officers were dispatched on a disturbance call around 4:22 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30.
On Friday police identified the man who was shot as Lane Christopher Martin, 32. He was not a resident of the apartments where thre confrontation took place.
On Wednesday, police identified the involved bureau members as: Officer Gary Doran, a 12-year veteran, who deployed deadly force; Acting Sergeant David Kemple, a 17-year veteran, who deployed less lethal force; and Officer Nicholas Bianchini, a 10-year veteran, who deployed less lethal force.
Dispatchers told officers that a man was apparently attempting to break into a car in a Safeway parking lot on Southeast 122nd Avenue near Glisan Street.
According to a news release, "When confronted by a security officer, the suspect reportedly displayed an edged weapon."
Authorities say they arrived at the scene and deployed "multiple" less lethal rounds, but at least one officer opened fire, leading to the man's death near the 12000 block of Southeast Ash Street.
The officers and first responders who were called to the scene tried to revive the man, to no avail.
"There were numerous pedestrians and motorists in the area when this incident occurred and there are likely witnesses with whom we have not yet spoken," Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. "We encourage those with information, photographs, and video to come forward to share with our investigators."
The investigation continues, though police say there is no danger to the general public. Roads in the area were expected to re-open by 1 a.m. on July 31 after forensic experts finished processing the scene.
Footage obtained by KOIN 6 News, the Tribune's media partner, appears to show an adult man carrying a large bladed weapon while police and pedestrians look on.
"I saw a man running towards people with the ax," witness Timothy Allen told KOIN. "The cops followed him from down there to up here and shot him with the beanbag twice and the man kept running."
Another witness, who lives in an apartment near the shooting location, told KOIN: "The guy ran right past us on Ash Street and as he ran past, he yelled 'they are going to kill me.'"
That witness, who told the TV station his name is Michael, said he heard 12 to 15 shots. Michael said he didn't understand why the situation escalated.
"It's sickening, it's shocking," he said. "I just don't understand why they did not continue to use non-lethal force. They could've tased him, used rubber bullets, or a bean bag. I just thought that, that was a little extreme."
While several officers are said to be on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure, police have not identified the subject or the officers at this time. A police spokesperson said more information will be released later.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is expected to convene a grand jury, which will determine whether the fatal shooting was lawful.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this developing story. Check back for updates.
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