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UPDATE: Suspect Attacks Officers with Knife – One Officer Injured, Suspect Shot

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News Release from Portland Police Bureau

Posted on FlashAlert: July 6th, 2015 11:17 AM

Detectives are continuing to investigate the Sunday morning attack on North Precinct officers that resulted in one officer being stabbed and the suspect being shot by police.

Officer Jose Jimenez, a three-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, and Officer Scott Konczal, a four-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, were working a partner car along Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

David James Ellis. Courtesy of Portland Police.
David James Ellis. Courtesy of Portland Police.

Detectives have learned that the officers attempted contact with the suspect, 55-year-old David James Ellis, after it appeared to the officers that Ellis was trying to burglarize a police contact office, located at 11036 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officer Jimenez exited the patrol car and walked behind Ellis, who was walking away westbound on Sandy Boulevard. Officer Jimenez tried to verbally engage Ellis multiple times but Ellis did not respond. Officer Konczal drove alongside Ellis and positioned the patrol car on 110th Avenue to prevent Ellis from walking away further.

At the corner of 110th and Sandy, Ellis turned towards Officer Jimenez, reached into his back pocket and retrieved a folding knife.

Officer Jimenez backed away from Ellis, trying to create distance, and fell backwards injuring his right hand and wrist.

Ellis jumped on top of Officer Jimenez, who used his left hand to cover his heart as Ellis stabbed him, injuring Officer Jimenez’s left hand.

Suspect's knife taken into evidence. Courtesy of the Portland Police.
Suspect’s knife taken into evidence. Courtesy of the Portland Police.

Officer Konczal fired a shot, striking Ellis, who then fell onto the ground and Officers Jimenez and Konczal moved away to their patrol car and held Ellis at gunpoint until cover officers arrived and were able to take him into custody and begin providing medical aid.

Officer Jimenez was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released, pending further medical treatment.

Ellis was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to a single gunshot wound to his upper right arm. Ellis remains under police guard and will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail upon his release from the hospital. Ellis will face numerous charges, including Attempted Aggravated Murder.

Detectives are releasing a June 2015 driver’s license photo of David James Ellis as well as a picture of the knife taken as evidence from the scene.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday July 5, 2015, at 1:41 a.m, North Precinct officers contacted at man on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 110th Avenue. Almost immediately, the officers were calling for cover after one of the officers was stabbed and the suspect was shot.

Multiple officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene. The suspect was provided medical aid by the officers prior to medical personnel arriving at the scene.

The victim officer was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives and Criminalists are at the scene in the early stages of an investigation into the incident.

Northeast Sandy Boulevard will be closed to all traffic for a few hours as investigators process the scene.

Names of the suspect and the involved officers will be released at a later time.

Chief Lawrence P. O’Dea III, Mayor Charlie Hales, and representatives from the Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office all responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau respects the value and sanctity of human life and recognizes the inherent dignity of every person. The Police Bureau understands that investing officers with the authority to use force to protect the public welfare creates a solemn obligation to guide members as they balance the important social and individual interests involved.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that duty may require officers to use force. The Bureau also recognizes that the use of deadly physical force will emotionally, physically, and psychologically impact the officers involved, the subject of the deadly physical force, and the family and friends of both and can impact the community as well.

At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. The involved Bureau member(s) will remain on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury and/or the adjudication of the case, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Bureau’s Review Board.

No additional information will be released at this time.

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Contact Info:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
peter.simpson@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0830
Media-Only Pager: 503-790-1779Alternate Public Information Officer:
Sgt. Greg Stewart
greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov
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