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Police identify officers, suspect in fatal shooting

by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Police photo of three-foot crowbar involved in fatal shooting incident.Portland police have identified the officers and suspect in Thursday morning's fatal officer-involved shooting.

The suspect is Nicholas Glendon Davis, 23. He died after being shot by Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief.

According to police, Brown shot Davis as Davis was threatening him with a crowbar. Police released a picture of the crowbar along with a new details about he incident early Friday afternoon.

The other officer at the scene was Matthew Nilsen, an 18-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief.

Brown and Nilsen are both on paid administrative leave while the investigation into the incident continues, which is police policy.

The Portland Police Bureau released the following statement about he incident early Friday afternoon:

The suspect who attacked two Portland Police officers with a crowbar on Thursday morning has been identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Glendon Davis. Davis was shot by one of the officers and died at the scene.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy this morning and determined that Davis died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Davis' family lives out of the area and has been notified of his death.

Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief, is the officer involved in the shooting.

Officer Matthew Nilsen, an 18-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau currently assigned to East Precinct Night Relief, was present but was not involved in the shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that the officers arrived in the area of Southeast Foster Road and 104th Avenue, and spoke to the male adult victim and learned that the incident was an assault rather than a robbery and the victim provided information on where the suspect was last seen in the area. The victim did not require any medical attention as a result of the assault.

A short time after speaking with the victim, the officers located the suspect, Davis, along the Springwater Corridor, just South of Foster Road. Davis appeared to be living along the Springwater Corridor.

Officers made contact with Davis and, without provocation, Davis attacked the officers while armed with a large metal crowbar.

The officers, who were in very close proximity to Davis, began backing away from Davis in an attempt to disengage him and to create distance between them and the armed suspect. Officer Brown fell backwards as he tried to create distance and Davis continued to advance, armed with the crowbar.

Officer Brown fired a handgun, striking and killing Davis. Officers called for immediate cover and medical personnel to respond to the scene to treat Davis.

Neither officer needed medical attention at the scene as a result of the attack.

Detectives have authorized the release of a photo of the actual 3' long crowbar used in the attack.

Detectives have spoken with multiple civilian witnesses who have provided much of this information to police.

Officer Nilsen has been interviewed by detectives and Officer Brown will be interviewed in the next few days.

No additional information will be released in this case until after the Grand Jury.

The decision to use deadly physical force is the most important decision that a police officer will make in the course of their career. The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that officers may be required to use deadly force when their lives or the life of another is jeopardized by the actions of others.

At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. The involved Bureau member will remain on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, 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 Bureau's Use of Force Review Board (UFRB).

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or, Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .