The deceased subject involved in the May 12, 2010, officer-involved shooting has been identified as 25-year-old Keaton Dupree Otis. The Medical Examiner has determined that Mr. Otis died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Police Bureau was unable to release this information prior to this because an immediate family member of Mr. Otis' had not been notified.
We do not have any photographs of Mr. Otis to release.
Keaton was a typical teenager before being diagnosed in 2004 with a ‘mood disorder.' As his parents, we want you to know about our son and the struggles he had later on in his life so that others will not travel his path.
He loved his family and daily told his parents that he loved them! As a small child he had many friends from diverse cultures. He attended Benson High School majoring in Architectural Graphic Design. He was a Junior Achiever and a Prospective Gent, an organization for African American males emphasizing educational excellence and community service.
He took a walk-on spot in a Harrison Ford movie that was filmed here in Portland. He designed t-shirts and clothing. He was an artist, and had an entrepreneurial spirit expressed in his business, “Kommerce.”
But it is his progressive illness is what has us here today.
We want to bring light to the limited options and restrictive laws preventing families from intervening earlier. In the future we want to expand the law's definition of harm to self or others for a civil commitment to include additional significant symptoms.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Burley and other officers involved.
We ask that you respect our privacy as we go through this difficult time.