Grand jury clears PPB officer in fatal SE Portland shooting

Multnomah County

A grand jury found that Gary Doran was lawful in his use of deadly force as an act of self-defense

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A grand jury has ruled that a Portland police officer was justified in his use of force during an officer-involved shooting that ended in the death of a 31-year-old man.

On July 30, 2019 PPB officers were sent out on a call of a disturbance at an apartment complex in southeast Portland. They found a man attempting to break into a car. When confronted by authorities, the man wielded a weapon similar to a hatchet or axe. The confrontation escalated and officers fired their guns.

Undated photos of Lane Martin. (Courtesy of Martin family)

The investigation found that Officer Gary Doran used deadly force at the subject identified as Lane Martin.

The grand jury found that Doran was lawful in his use of deadly force as an act of self-defense, and the defense of others. In addition to the jury’s assessment, the Bureau also conducted an internal investigation, and the officer-involved shooting was examined by the Police Review Board.

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the jury’s findings on Monday, October 14.

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