Police identify man shot dead by officer during crowbar attack

Police identify man shot dead by officer during crowbar attack
Police responded to the shooting near the Springwater Corridor along Foster Road Thursday morning. (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police on Friday identified a 23-year-old man who they said attacked two officers with a crowbar and was shot dead by one officer in Southeast Portland on Thursday morning.

Nicholas Glendon Davis died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of the bureau, shot and killed Davis, police said.

Officer Matthew Nilsen, an 18-year veteran, was present but was not involved in the shooting.

Police said Davis appeared to be living along the Springwater Corridor, near Foster Road, where the shooting occurred.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the incident began with a reported pedestrian robbery that was "more of an assault" early Thursday morning. The male victim was not seriously hurt.

When officers Brown and Nilsen arrived and confronted Davis, he attacked them with a crowbar, Simpson said. Police released a photo of the crowbar on Friday.

Police said Officer Brown fell backwards as he tried to create space between himself and Davis, who continued to advance and swing the crowbar. That’s when Brown shot Davis, police said.

Neither officer was hurt during the attack.

Officer Nilsen has been interviewed by detectives and Officer Brown will be interviewed in the next few days, police said. Brown is on paid administrative leave, which is standard police procedure.