PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One day after Portland police shot and killed an armed man who injured a woman in the stairwell of a parking garage at the Safeway in the Pearl District, shoppers seemed surprised but not stunned about the events.
“I’m not actually surprised that happened here, but it is really scary that it’s more dangerous that it’s gotten to that level,” Paige Iverson told KOIN 6 News.
The incident unfolded on Sunday morning in the stairwell of the Lovejoy Building, 1331 NW Lovejoy. A report of a disturbance brought officers to the scene where they found a man and a woman in the stairwell in the parking garage.
Police said the man was holding the woman at knife point. Officers used less lethal force but then shot and killed the man. No officers were injured.
Iverson said it’s possible the suspect was a person in a mental health crisis.
“We see a lot of people down here, especially in the Pearl District, just like, on the corner, who definitely might need some more help,” she said. “And I feel like we’re just kind of waiting for the bad thing to happen instead of stopping it before that case.”
James Galluzzo, who lives nearby and shops at this Safeway, said it was shocking.
“I’ve been here a long time, even before there were no street lights and it was dark, and never anything like this before,” he said.
The two Portland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an armed man have been identified.
Portland police said Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski, a 2-year veteran, deployed deadly force while Officer Jackson Oldham, a 4-year veteran, used less lethal force.
Officers used less lethal force but then shot and killed the man. No officers were injured.
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner released the following statement about the incident:
Yesterday’s incident, when officers responded to a hostage situation with an armed suspect holding a victim at knifepoint and threatening to have an explosive device, is yet another example of the gravity and unpredictability of police work. No matter how officers try to de-escalate, no matter how many other force options officers have available, officers may have no other choice but to protect life by using deadly force which was the case on Sunday.
The scope of the work that police officers do in dynamic, traumatic, quickly evolving, life and death situations is difficult to imagine. They must make dangerous and split-second decisions all the time and they never want to have to use deadly force.
From our dispatchers who first received the first call to the officers who responded, from the detectives on scene to those who follow up with witnesses and victims, everyone involved in the investigation are held to the highest standard of professionalism and their heroic actions, resolve, experience, and training saved a life.
As the investigation proceeds and the story unfolds, officers understand the political backdrop in this city; however, they still go out there and do their job with dedication and compassion. Every use of force incident and loss of life is a tragedy but, thankfully, the hostage was rescued and no one else in our community was harmed.