PORTLAND, Ore. - Police said officers shot and killed a man who screamed about killing his girlfriend in a Portland home and pointed a shotgun at the officers.
Police identified the man as 43-year-old Steven Bolen. His brother-in-law, Justin Manry, spoke with KATU News on Wednesday. Speaking on behalf of his family, Manry says he does not want Bolen to be remembered for dying this way.
"We have questions and we're angry. Angry that no matter whose fault it was-- whether it was Steve's or the police-- it didn't have to happen this way," Manry said. "I don't know if he was in the right state of mind. I don't know if he was inebriated. We have a lot of questions. Obviously, police officers had identified themselves as police officers, but did he hear? I don't know what else was going on."
The shooting in northeast Portland Tuesday night followed reports from witnesses, who said they saw Bolen ramming a truck into the garage door to get into the townhouse.
Police said the witnesses told officers they then heard breaking glass and the threats from inside the house.
After knocking on the door and getting no response, police said, two officers forced their way into the home, confronted the man, fired and retreated.
A special tactics team later found the man dead, police said.
But, police said, nobody else was in the apartment, and they don't know if someone left or the man had been alone.
The officers involved in the shooting were identified as 34-year-old Officer Jon Dalberg, a 10-year veteran of the police bureau, and 32-year-old Officer Jason Koenig, a 5-year veteran of the force.
"This is a no win situation for anyone. Officers don't like taking a human life," said Portland Police Spokesman Brian Schmautz.
Police said the man had been reported making suicidal remarks, and they found marijuana growing on the second floor of the house.
Bolen's family says there's more to the pot story than meets the eye.
"He was actually licensed by the state to have that for medicinal purposes to give to people," Manry told KATU News.
He says his brother had a troubled past, but he also once served in the navy and worked hard to get by. He refuses to believe Steve Bolen deserved to die this way.
"He was a good person. He wouldn't have hurt anybody," Manry said.