Officer cleared, suspect indicted in Fairview shooting

Officer cleared, suspect indicted in Fairview shooting
Paramedics load a man into an ambulance Dec. 3 after he was shot and wounded by a Fairview police officer. A grand jury cleared the officer of any wrongdoing and indicted the suspect, Tyler Brown with attempted assault in the second degree.

A grand jury found there was no wrongdoing by a Fairview police officer who shot and injured a man during a welfare check.

Jurors indicted the man who was shot with attempted assault in the second degree.

Officer Brian Gerkman and two Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment at 22719 N.E. Halsey at 3 a.m. Dec. 3 to perform a welfare check.

While the officers were trying to figure out what was going on, police said Tyler Brown darted into a small kitchen and grabbed a large kitchen knife.

Gerkman ordered Brown to drop the knife, but he didn't and lunged at the officer. Gerkman shot him.

Brown was arrested Thursday afternoon as he was about to be released from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

He's lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.

His first court appearance will be on Friday.

This was the second shooting involving Gerkman in less than two months.

On Nov. 11, Gerkman shot at a suspect who tried to run him down with a car.

A grand jury found he was justified in using force.

Gerkman has been on the Fairview police force since Feb. 1, 2012.