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Grand jury says police justified in shooting of crowbar-wielding man

A Multnomah County grand jury has determined that the June 12 Portland police shooting of 23-year-old transient who attacked an officer with a crowbar was justified.

The grand jury returned a decision clearing police in the death of Nicholas Glendon Davis, who was shot by Portland police Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, during a confrontation along the Springwater Corridor near Southeast Foster Road and 104th Avenue.

The Multnomah County district attorney’s office has asked a judge to release grand jury transcripts of the investigation into the shooting. That decision is expected soon.

The incident began at about 6 a.m. Thursday, June 12, when East Precinct officers Brown and Matthew Nilsen were called to the area after a person was robbed. After talking with the victim, the officers walked along the Springwater Corridor searching for the suspect.

Police said Davis apparently was camping along the trail. When officers confronted him, he attacked them with a crowbar. Brown tried to back away, but fell as Davis advanced on the officers, police said.

Brown fired one shot from his handgun, killing Davis.

Neither officer was injured in the incident.