Grand jury clears cop who fatally shot man during crisis


The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Portland’s Lloyd District, June 24, 2021. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury has cleared a Portland police officer in the deadly shooting of a man who called for help during a mental health crisis and brandished a screwdriver.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says Officer Curtis Brown will not face criminal charges in the June 24 shooting of 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend.

Townsend had called 911 while outside a Motel 6 and after Townsend told police he wanted to go to a hospital, prosecutors say he brandished a screwdriver.

Prosecutors say he began moving toward Brown with the tool and Brown fired two shots at Townsend. Townsend died in an ambulance.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Twitter News Widget

Trending Stories