Deaths: Including people who were killed by gunfire (67), deaths in custody by various
means including one who was hit with a Taser (7), people who allegedly killed themselves although
hit by police bullets (7), one who supposedly died of smoke inhalation (1) and people who died in
car crashes due to police chases (3) there are at least 85 people who died in 83 of the 177
incidents. (Two incidents resulted in the deaths of two people.)
Wounded: Roughly 77 people were injured by Portland Police use of deadly force.
Not hit: At least 17 of the people listed were shot at but not hit by Portland
Pardoned: At least 6 of the officers were disciplined for their roles in these incidents
and had their disicpline overturned by arbitrators: Douglas Erickson
(shot/wounded Gerald Gratton in 1993), Scott McCollister (shot
and killed Kendra James in 2003), Kyle
Nice and Christopher Humphreys (caused James Chasse Jr's
death in custody 2006), Lt. Jeffrey Kaer (shot and killed Dennis Young in
2006), and Ron Frashour (shot and killed Aaron Campbell in 2010).
McCollister, Nice and Humphreys were given time off that was reversed; Erickson, Kaer and
Frashour were fired but reinstated.
Not prosecuted: Not a single officer was prosecuted for any of these incidents. Officer Dane Reister was fired successfully after he shot and wounded
William Monroe with live rounds loaded in a less-lethal shotgun in 2013. Reister was facing
criminal charges when he took his own life in 2015.
Off duty: At least 4 of the shootings (including one fatal shooting) occured while
officers were off duty.
Excluded: Portland Copwatch did not include officers who deployed less lethal
weapons at deadly force incidents unless those weapons led to a death,
so the overall total is actually higher.
Officers Justin Damerville (#51797) and Richard Bailey (#55393) were listed as having shot and
killed John Elifritz on
Sat, April 7, 2018. Both officers used "less lethal" rounds and were removed from our deadly force
list during editing on Oct 8, 2020.
Other exceptions include Sgt. Bret Burton, who was a Multnomah County
Sheriff's Deputy when he and two PPB officers caused the death of James
Chasse, Jr. in 2006. Because PCW does not have details on whether other
transfers were involved in deadly force before joining the PPB Burton is
not represented in the graphic.