PPB: Elifritz had no connection to shelter where shot

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man who was shot to death inside the Portland City Team Ministries Shelter in Southeast Portland on April 7 had no connection to the shelter, authorities said Tuesday.

John Elifritz burst into the shelter around 8 p.m. that night followed quickly by 7 Portland police officers and a Multnomah County deputy. Witnesses told KOIN 6 News the 48-year-old man had a knife and threatened people and then began cutting and stabbing himself.

Within minutes, police fired bean bag rounds to try and diffuse the situation, but when that didn’t work they opened fire. The shooting was captured on video taken by people who were inside the shelter at the time.

John Elifritz in an undated driver's license photo released by Portland police, April 9, 2018

On Tuesday, PPB said Elifritz is believed to have been living in Milwaukie.

The bureau also released the names of the officers involved in the incident, less than a day after disclosing the officers had been receiving threats from the public.

An investigation determined the threats had no “credible information.

The law enforcement personnel involved in this incident are identified as:

Officer Richard Bailey, Officer Justin Damerville, Officer Kameron Fender, Officer Alexandru Martiniuc, Officer Bradley Nutting, Officer Chad Phifer, Officer Andrew Polas and Deputy Aaron Sieczkowski. The officers have between 2 and 14 years on the force, while Sieczkowski has been with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Offce for 6 years.

As is standard in these situations, the officers and the deputy are on paid administrative leave until the investigation and the grand jury are completed.

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