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Witnesses say man shot by police held a gun to his head outside Good Samaritan hospital

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales (far right) was briefed Friday morning after a suicidal man, Michael Johnson of Forest Grove, was shot by two police officers near Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Northwest Portland. A Forest Grove man was shot and killed by Portland police Nov. 6 in an apparent “suicide by cop.”

Michael Gregory Johnson, 51, died at the scene, just outside Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Northwest Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Over the weekend, Portland Police Bureau officials released additional details in the officer-involved shooting of Johnson, who had been armed with a handgun outside the hospital, located at 1015 N.W. 22nd Ave.

According to the report, PPB Central Precinct officers responded to the east side of the facility at 5:41 a.m. after being told a man was in the parking lot holding a gun to his head. Numerous officers, including members of the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team, contained the area around Johnson, talking with him in an attempt to get him to put down the gun — to no avail, the report stated.

Johnson fired two rounds from his handgun into the ground, separated by a few minutes, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the PPB. Several minutes after the second shot, Johnson fired a third round toward police officers, resulting in return fire and his incapacitation and death.

Johnson lived on Shearer Hill Road in the Gales Creek area, northwest of Forest Grove and also had an address in Tillamook, Simpson said.

He was a woodworker who had owned his own business, Artisan Carpenters Inc., for almost 15 years, according to state business records.

Johnson was married to Anya Doll, who has been active in community, arts, justice and children’s issues in the Forest Grove area for many years. COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Part of Northwest 23rd Avenue in Portland was closed Friday morning during an investigation into the shooting of a suicidal man near Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.

Officers involved in the shooting were Russell Corno, who is assigned to the PPB’s Gang Enforcement Team and the Special Emergency Reaction Team, and Chad Daul, who is assigned to the Transit Police Division and SERT. Both officers are on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation, ` Simpson said.

Police said that as soon as Johnson was on the ground, another SERT officer fired a less lethal baton at his lower extremities because he was still armed with the gun. Seeing no response, SERT officers approached Johnson and began to render aid, calling for Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics to treat his injuries.

Medical efforts were unsuccessful.

The shooting happened just a month after the city of Portland and the U.S. Department of Justice signed a settlement intended to reduce the police use of excessive force against the mentally ill and others in their jurisdiction. The PPB has adopted new rules and changed training procedures, and the city council has increased funding to the bureau to comply with the settlement, Simpson said.

Jim Redden contributed to this report.


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