Dead crowbar suspect, Portland officer ID’d

Nicholas Glendon Davis was shot to death by a Portland police officer after attacking him with a crowbar, June 12, 2014 (PPB)
Nicholas Glendon Davis was shot to death by a Portland police officer after attacking him with a crowbar, June 12, 2014 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Portland police released Friday the name of the man who allegedly attacked police with a crowbar and the officer who shot and killed him.

Thursday, two Portland Police Bureau officers responded to a robbery call near the Springwater Corridor and soon found the robbery had turned violent. After taking testimony from an apparent assault victim, the officers found the suspect nearby.

The crowbar Nicholas Davis allegedly used to attack two Portland police officers. Davis was fatally shot June 12, 2014. (KOIN 6)
The crowbar Nicholas Davis allegedly used to attack two Portland police officers. Davis was fatally shot June 12, 2014. (KOIN 6)

According to the bureau, when the officers made contact with the suspect, he began aggressively swinging a large metal crowbar “without provocation.” One of the officers fell down as the man advanced on the two officers, leading the fallen cop to fire his handgun, striking the suspect in the chest.

PPB identified the suspect as 23-year-old Nicholas Davis. The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Davis’ body Friday morning and determined he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police believe Davis was living along the corridor.

Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of PPB, was named as the shooting officer. Officer Matthew Nilsen, himself an 18-year-old veteran of the bureau, was the second officer, thought PPB officials said Friday he had no involvement in the shooting.

Nilsen has already been interviewed by detectives and Brown is scheduled to be interviewed in the next few days. Detectives also reportedly spoke with multiple civilian witnesses.

Following an internal investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a grand jury. Brown will be on paid administrative leave, which is standard, until the grand jury is completed.

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