Portland police kill apparently suicidal man

From the Oregonian, January 31, 2010

Portland police on Saturday identified an apparently suicidal man shot and killed in Northeast Portland on Friday evening and said an officer was involved in the shooting.

The man, Aaron Marcell Campbell
, 25, died at the scene.

A friend of Campbell’s girlfriend called 9-1-1 about 4:20 p.m. to report that Campbell was in an apartment in the 12800 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard with three children and the girlfriend and that he had a gun. The caller said the man might be suicidal.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the girlfriend in the apartment’s parking lot. The three children left the apartment about 5:30 p.m.

Police said Campbell came out after 6 p.m. and initially cooperated. But then he apparently stopped complying, said Detective Mary Wheat, a police spokeswoman. Campbell said officers would have to shoot him. An officer fired beanbag rounds when Campbell continued to not cooperate.

Campbell acted threateningly, Wheat said, and another officer shot him with an AR-15 rifle. Officers believed the man still had a gun, though police declined to say whether he actually did.

An autopsy Saturday by the Multnomah County medical examiner’s office determined that Campbell died from a single gunshot wound. Authorities declined to say where he was shot.

Police have not released the name of the officer who shot Campbell, saying only that the officer is an eight-year veteran and is assigned to the East Precinct.