What happened to Brad Morgan

Police kill man, shoppers delayed, from KGW.com, 1/25/2012

Man killed in officer-involved shooting had fake gun, from KPTV.com, 1/25/2012

Man killed in Portland police shooting pointed replica handgun at officers, KOIN.com, 1/25/2012

Man shot by officers on downtown garage had fake gun, KATU.com, 1/25/2012

Police Shoot At Man Atop Downtown Parking Garage, Portland Mercury, 1/25/2012

Police: Man Shot by Officers Had Replica Handgun, Mentioned “Suicide By Cop”, Portland Mercury, 1/25/2012

At least four arrested as Occupy Portland demonstration takes to streets, Oregonian, 1/25/2012

Man killed in confrontation with Portland police, AP.com, 1/25/2012

Police Confrontation Ends In Death Of Portland Man, OPB.org, 1/25/2012

Oregon gunman killed in standoff, UPI.com, 1/25/2012

Portland Police Shoot At Suicidal Man, KXL.com, 1/25/2012

Man shot by police had a fake handgun, Portland Tribune, 1/25/2012

Portland police fatally shoot Brad Lee Morgan after he points what looks like a handgun at officers, Oregonian, 1/25/2015

A Portland police sergeant and an officer early Wednesday fatally shot a 21-year-old man who had called 9-1-1 saying he had committed a robbery at knifepoint and threatened to jump off the top of a downtown parking garage.

Police checked two downtown parking garages as an emergency dispatcher stayed on the phone, talking to the man. When the dispatcher asked if he had a gun, he said “possibly.” The dispatcher notified officers trying to locate the man that the caller was making “suicide by cop” statements, police said.

An officer and sergeant drove to the rooftop level of a nine-story SmartPark garage at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Morrison Street. About 3:35 a.m., they spotted the man, who had climbed onto the top of an elevator shaft on the southwest corner of the garage. He reportedly told a dispatcher that police had found him but he wasn’t going to go with them, police said.

Time line of recent police-caused death incidents

  • June 30, 2011: Central Precinct Officer Dane Reister mistakenly fired four live rounds at William Monroe from a less-lethal shotgun, striking him in the hip with five buckshot pellets.
  • June 8, 2011: U.S. Justice Department launches an investigation to see if Portland police have used excessive force, particularly against people with mental illness, following a spike in police shootings the past 18 months.
  • Jan. 2, 2011: Officers Larry Wingfield and Jason Lile fired 12 gunshots at Thomas Higginbotham when they say the homeless man inside an abandoned Southeast Portland car wash walked toward them holding a knife with an 8-inch blade. Higginbotham, 67, was struck 10 times and died from wounds to the chest and abdomen.
  • May 12, 2010: Officers James Defrain, Cody Berne and Andrew Polas fired at Keaton Dupree Otis, 25, who died in his car after he shot and wounded Officer Christopher Burley during a traffic stop near Lloyd Center.
  • March 22, 2010: Officer Jason Walters shot Jack Dale Collins four times as he emerged from a restroom at Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum with blood on his face and advanced toward the officer with a razor-type blade.
  • Jan. 29, 2010: Officer Ron Frashour shoots Aaron M. Campbell, 25, in the back and kills him in the parking lot of the Sandy Terrace Apartments in Northeast Portland.

At 3:47 a.m, the officers called for Project Respond crisis workers and, four minutes later, police asked for members of the bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team to respond and help talk the man down.

As police waited for them and additional officers to arrive, an officer started talking with the man.

About 4:01 a.m., an officer and sergeant fired multiple shots at the 21-year-old when he reached into his pocket and pointed what looked like a gun at them, police said. The man dropped out of sight below a ledge of the elevator shaft.

Officers from the Special Emergency Reaction Team, a tactical unit of officers, were called to approach the man because police on the roof did not know if he was wounded or simply hiding behind the wall “lying in wait,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

The tactical unit moved in, using a fire ladder to reach the top of the elevated elevator shaft, and found the man slumped in the northwest corner of the raised elevator shaft. He was dead. A black handgun that police later determined was a replica firearm was found beside him.

The man shot has been identified as Brad Lee Morgan, of Portland. He had a prior burglary conviction and had threatened suicide in the past during a domestic and child custody dispute, according to court records.

Earlier this month, Morgan had pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and sentenced to 36 months of probation. On Jan. 17, he was booked into the Justice Center jail and released, accused of tampering with a witness. He was accused of preventing the mother of his child from calling 9-1-1 on Dec. 16, court records show. She had obtained a restraining order against him.

Brad Lee Morgan

Brad Lee Morgan

During today’s investigation, police recovered a bullet from an office on the 14th floor of a nearby building at 888 Southwest Fifth Avenue, and another that a pedestrian found in a crosswalk at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Yamhill.

Police did not say how many shots the officer and sergeant fired.

Mayor Sam Adams, who serves as police commissioner, Chief Mike Reese and his two lieutenants, Assistant Chiefs Larry O’Dea and Eric Hendricks all responded to the early morning scene – the first fatal officer-involved shooting since Jan. 2, 2011. It comes as the bureau is under federal investigation for its use of force, particularly involving people with mental illness.

“As the Police Bureau does with any investigation” Adams said, in a statement, “we will look for opportunities to learn from this incident.”

As office workers and shoppers went about their business in downtown later Wednesday morning, Portland firefighters assisted police in removing the deceased’s body about 10:15 a.m. The man was seen wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and work shoes.

Portland firefighters carried the man down a ladder from the top of the elevator shaft onto the garage rooftop, where deputy medical examiners were waiting. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The sergeant involved is a 15-year bureau veteran, and the officer joined the Portland Police Bureau nine years ago. Both were working Central Precinct night shift. They’re on paid administrative leave, standard policy as the investigation progresses.

Portland homicide detectives are continuing to investigate and the case will be presented to a grand jury for review.

A man who called 9-1-1 and threatened to jump from the roof of a downtown parking garage Wednesday morning, pointed a replica handgun at officers. He was shot and killed. It was the first officer involved shooting for the Portland Police Bureau since January 2011.

The shooting marked the first officer-involved shooting since Portland Office Dane Reister mistakenly loaded his bean-bag shotgun with lethal rounds and seriously wounded William Kyle Monroe in Southwest Portland on June 30. Reister – the first officer to be indicted for his on-duty use of force – has pleaded not guilty to third-degree and fourth-degree assault and negligent wounding in that shooting.

The last fatal officer-involved shooting occurred Jan. 2, 2011 in Southeast Portland. Thomas Higginbotham, 67, was shot by Portland police when he advanced on two officers while holding a knife. Officers Jason Lile and Larry Wingfield responded to the former Lucky Car Wash near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard on reports that a security guard had been threatened. Higginbotham walked out of an inner room at the vacant carwash holding a knife. One of the officers fired a Taser, then both officers fired their weapons after Higginbotham continued to approach. A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating whether Portland police use of force is excessive, particularly involving people suffering from mental illness.

Portland police kill armed man in early morning rooftop confrontation in downtown Portland, Oregonian, 1/25/2015

Portland police respond to early morning downtown officer-involved shooting, Oregonian, 1/25/2015

Portland firefighters remove body from roof of parking garage after officer-involved shooting, Oregonian, 1/25/2015

Portland police fatally shot troubled man, Oregonian, 1/26/2015

Facebook posts show man shot by police officers was distraught, KPTV.com, 1/26/2012

Man killed in Portland police shooting pointed replica handgun at officers, KOIN.com, 1/26/2012

Man killed in Portland police shooting pointed replica handgun at officers, KOIN.com 1/25/2012

Portland police shoot and kill a man at a downtown parking garage, Oregonian, 1/25/2012

Statement from Brad Lee Morgan’s family:

Brad Lee Morgan, pictured here holding his son, Kannon. Kannon is now 8 months old

Brad Lee Morgan, pictured here holding his son, Kannon. Kannon is now 8 months old

This morning a young man was shot by the police. His name was Brad Morgan. He was twenty-one years old and was born on 09/07/1990. His family and friends loved him very much and are having a very difficult time in this situation.

Brad was a very loving father of an eight month old boy and nothing in the world meant more to him than his family. He was honest, loving, and caring. He knew what he wanted to achieve in life but didn’t know how. This time in his life grew very difficult to handle. No matter what people may think of him at anytime in life, it will never change the fact how much he cared about his family and people.

Everybody makes mistakes and Brad was out to correct them. It seemed to him that after he got one leg up that both legs got kicked out underneath. If this is true for you or anybody true to you please ask for help.

In this moment of sadness, lets all have a moment of silence for those who have passed away last year and the beginning of this year to help us remember life doesn’t last forever and to enjoy every second of it while we have the chance.

This morning a young man was shot by the police. His name was Brad Morgan. He was twenty-one years old and was born on 09/07/1990. His family and friends loved him very much and are having a very difficult time in this situation.