Police identify officer in shooting, say suspect had replica gun
Police identified the officer and released more details in the shooting of the carjacking suspect in Northeast Portland on Labor Day.
The officer is Michael Honl, a 17-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau assigned to East Precinct. He is on paid administrative leave and scheduled to be interviewed by investigators on Wednesday.
Honl shot Denorris Laron McClendon, who was reported pointing a gun at motorists near the Northeast 122nd Avenue exit from I-84. Honl shot McClendon after he pointed the gun at responding officers.
Police say they recovered a realistic look black, replica semi-automatic air pistol from the scene that McClendon was carrying and pointing at people during this incident.
According to police, detectives investigating the incident have learned that officers had contact with McClendon at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 1, the night before the shooting.
The contact was the result of a call from McClendon's grandmother, who told police that he was suffering from a paranoid delusion and was in the backyard of her home swinging a wooden dowel at shrubbery, looking for the FBI. McClendon's grandmother told officers that he had been doing this for a good part of the day.
McClendon's grandmother also told officers that he had broken both arms approximately four days earlier and had removed both casts himself.
Officers spoke with McClendon and noted the apparent injuries to his arms. He agreed to go a Portland hospital by ambulance, where he was placed on a police hold for a mental health evaluation and medical treatment.
Detectives learned that after McClendon's release from the hospital, he ingested a quantity of methamphetamine prior to the 9-1-1 calls about the Monday incident along I-84.
Ten officers that witnessed the shooting have already been interviewed by detectives, along with several civilian witnesses in the area.
Detectives would like to hear from anyone who had contact with McClendon before and during the incident on I-84.
Detectives would also like copies of any video or still images taken by witnesses in the area. These images can be emailed directly to detectives.