Grand jury clears Gresham officer in 2020 shooting

Multnomah County

Body cam footage of the shooting released

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham police officer who was investigating a disturbance in Portland in 2020 was cleared by a Multnomah County grand jury in the fatal shooting of a man who drove his car toward the officer.

On May 31, 2020, Gresham Officer James Doyle and others from PPB were checking on a disturbance at a home on SE Kelly in Portland when Israel Berry drove at him, the Multnomah County DA’s office said.

Body cam footage released shows the shooting from Doyle’s point of view. Surveillance video from a neighbor’s camera was also released.

What happened

That night a man called 911 complaining about a person throwing bags of trash into the caller’s front yard and making verbal threats.

“I have a crazy dude outside my home honking the horn, stringing my trash all over the yard,” the caller said. “Now he’s threatening to kill one of my animals if I don’t come out of the house.”

But shortly before that call, Berry also called 911 to complain that the person in the house stole his cell phone.

“I need someone to come here and tell him to give me my damn phone,” Berry told the dispatcher.

Two people soon walk out of the house to confront Berry, who pushed the homeowner to the ground and injured him.

Moments later, Berry is seen reversing his car, narrowly missing the homeowner before smashing into a line of trash cans. At this same time, Gresham police are on their way to the scene.

Officer Doyle arrived with another officer. He stepped out of his vehicle and saw Berry — still in the car — accelerate toward him. Doyle opened fire, shooting 7 times.

Berry was hit once. He can be heard yelling, “You hit me. You f—–g hit me!”

More police arrived within a minute. Berry was pulled from the car and emergency medical attention began but he died at the scene.

Watch: Gresham PD briefing with video of May 31, 2020 shooting

In a statement, Gresham Police Chief Claudio Grandjean said the department is looking into making changes following this shooting.

“We wish the outcome were different. As with all uses of force involving our officers, an internal review will be completed specifically examining what if any changes to existing policies, procedures or training might need to be made to improve the outcome of use of force encounters,” he said.

Doyle was among the Gresham officers responding to the scene because Portland police were busy handling a protest that night.

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