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Officer-Involved Summary

Date: June 9, 2019
Suspect: David Wayne Downs, 38
Involved Bureau Members: Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski 

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 9:43 a.m. Central Precinct officers responded to a multi-use building, located at 1331 Northwest Lovejoy Street, on the report of a disturbance where a male was reportedly armed with a knife and threatened to have an explosive device.

When officers arrived at the location, they contacted a male and a female in the stairwell of the building. The male suspect was armed with a knife and had the female at knifepoint. The female appeared to be injured. Attempts were made to communicate with the suspect. During the encounter, less lethal and lethal force were used. Officers requested for medical assistance, but the suspect was determined to be deceased at the scene prior to medical arrival.  The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was the result of a gunshot wound.  

The involved female adult was transported to an area hospital for injuries and was released. No officers were injured during this incident.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased suspect as 38-year-old David Wayne Downs.  The involved officer was Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski.

Once the investigation was complete, it was forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to the Grand Jury. On August 16, 2019, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury determined that the officer was justified in his use of deadly force.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau conducts an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau's directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer-involved shooting may be found in Directive 1010.10.

Knife held by David Downs