Man killed by police had history of mental illness
The man fatally shot by police near Mall 205 on Sunday had a history of mental illness.
Police have identified the man as Koben Henriksen, 51.
According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, court records show that in January 2014, a judge found Henriksen unable to aid in his defense in an alleged theft case. He was ordered to receive treatment at the Oregon State Hospital, and two psychological evaluations were requested later that year. The theft charge was eventually dismissed.
The two officers involved in the shooting have also been identified. Justin Raphael, who has been on the force for seven years, is the officer who used lethal force. Daniel Leonard, who's been on the force for 11 years, used "foam-tipped projectiles," which are considered a "less-lethal tool."
Police say that several officers were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 8 to respond to a report of a man holding a knife near the intersection of Southeast 103rd Drive and Southeast Stark Street. According to the police scanner, two people had called in to report a white male standing in the middle of the roadway with a furry white scarf wrapped around his shoulders, pointing a knife at traffic that flowed by.
Multiple shots were fired shortly after the two officers approached Henriksen. He died at the scene.
Scanner traffic shows a period of just under seven minutes between when officers were first dispatched to the call and when an officer radioed in "suspect down," OPB reports.
Both officers will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation by the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County District Attorney Office. The involved officers will be interviewed by investigators within 48 hours of the shooting.
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 of the Portland City Auditor's Office.
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