January 20th, 2011 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Grand Jury Finds Fatal Jan. 2 Police Shooting Was Justified

Portland police shooting

A Multnomah County grand jury has concluded that the fatal Portland police shooting of a homeless man on Jan. 2 in an abandoned car wash in southeast Portland was justified.

Police said at the time that Thomas Manford Higginbotham had threatened to kill a security officer in a nearby business and gone to the closed-down car wash. Police said he emerged from a room displaying a large knife, and that he refused commands to drop the knife. They also said they deployed a Taser on Higginbotham when he came toward them, but that they shot him with handguns when the Tasers were ineffective.

If this headline and post look familiar, here's why.

And here's the press release from the county District Attorney's Office:

Today the Multnomah County grand jury returned a not true bill in the death of Thomas Manford Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham was fatally shot by police on January 2, 2011 in an abandoned car wash at 3147 SE 82ndAve in Portland. The grand jury determined that the use of deadly force by two members of the Portland Police Bureau was justified under the criminal law.

A motion to publicly disclose the transcripts of the grand jury testimony will be presented to the Presiding Court. If the motion is granted, the transcripts should be available late next week on the public District Attorney's website at http://www.mcda.us/.

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