Grand Jury: Crowbar attacker shooting justified

Nicholas Glendon Davis, 23, was shot in the chest

A PPB officer shot and killed a man swinging a crowbar at Springwater Corridor Trail at SE 104th Street and Foster Road, June 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A PPB officer shot and killed a man swinging a crowbar at Springwater Corridor Trail at SE 104th Street and Foster Road, June 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Portland police officer was justified in shooting and killing a 23-year-old man who attacked officers with a crowbar, a grand jury ruled.

On June 12, two Portland Police Bureau officers responded to a robbery call near the Springwater Corridor and soon found the robbery had turned violent.

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)

When the officers made contact with the suspect, Nicholas Glendon Davis, 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.

Davis was shot in the chest.

The Multnomah County Grand Jury looked into the case and determined Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of PPB, was justified in shooting Davis.

Brown has been on paid administrative leave, which is standard, until the grand jury made its ruling.

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