Grand jury clears Fairview officer who wounded man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A grand jury has found that a suburban Portland officer was justified in shooting and wounding a man during a welfare check earlier this month.

The Multnomah County district attorney's office said Thursday that grand jurors charged the man who was shot with attempted second-degree assault.

KATU-TV reports ( http://is.gd/fAdZmH) that Fairview Officer Brian Gerkman and two Multnomah County sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment Dec. 3 after a report of a person acting strangely.

Fairview police Chief Ken Johnson said Tyler Brown of Federal Way, Wash., lunged at Gerkman with a kitchen knife, and Gerkman fired three times.

Brown was arrested Thursday afternoon as he was about to be released from a hospital. He was taken to the county jail.

This was the second shooting involving Gerkman in less than two months.

In November, Gerkman fired at a car and hit it after a traffic stop and chase. A grand jury said the driver was trying to run the officer down. Gerkman was put back on duty.

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Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/


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