People's Police Report
Shootings & deaths
PORTLAND POLICE PROXIMITY DEATHS/INJURIES:
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these or other incidents.
In early 2014, we decided to start migrating from our list of
shootings and deaths in custody those cases in which it is unclear whether the use of Portland
Police firearms led directly or indirectly to the wounding or deaths of the persons. We believe these
incidents should have been thoroughly investigated as if the Portland officers used deadly force; we
do not believe any of them were. We created this list to help keep the main list more streamlined
and clear. This is a work in progress.
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Posted March 13, 2014, last updated January 9, 2020
Name/age/gender/ethnicity/abilities (if known) Date
Type of case People's Police Report issue # (if any)
Jonathan Harris, 31, male
Choke hold (injured)
Christopher Gene Cannard, 59, male
Death in proximity (car chase leads to head on crash)
Quintrell Holiman, 26, male, African American
Death in proximity ("suicide") ***
John Wimberly Smith, 44, male
Death in proximity ("suicide") **
Christopher Karl Bullert, 48, male
4/25/12 Death in proximity
Ervin Jeff Dirnbaugh, 30, male
4/16/12 Death in proximity
George Hawkins, 43, male
10/25/08 Shooting (by railway police; PPB officers were
Gene Amos Tawney, 55, male and Millman Napier, 74, male
12/26/97 Death in proximity (car chase leads to suspect crashing
**-These three "suicides" occurred in a two week period while the PPB was under investigation for
excessive use of force.
PCW believes they should be further examined for full explanation of police
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***-This person was chased by police after he allegedly shot at them when leaving a nightclub.
Police fired "beanbags" and a flashbang at Holiman. Many do not believe his death
was a suicide.
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