As demonstrations and protests raged throughout downtown Portland, a Gresham Police officer shot and killed a man over the weekend while providing aid to his law enforcement colleagues by covering precincts in East Portland.
During one emergency call, where a suspect was allegedly making threats, the Gresham officer fired shots and killed Israel Berry, 49, of Southeast Portland.
According to Portland police, at about 9:35 p.m. Sunday, May 31, the Gresham officer responded to a call about a disturbance in the 12400 block of Southeast Kelly Street alongside several Portland officers. The Gresham officer shot Berry, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. At this time it is unclear what led up to the shooting, if Berry was armed, and what the nature of the threats were.
The Portland officers on the scene were witnesses and did not deploy deadly force. The incident and shooting was not directly tied to the demonstrations, police said.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.
The Gresham officer was placed on critical leave, per department policy. Detectives with Portland's Homicide Division, along with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, are collaborating on the investigation.
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