Multnomah Grand Jury Finds No Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting by Police

Date: June 12, 2014
Location: Springwater Corridor, south of Foster, Southeast Portland
Name: Nicholas Glendon Davis

A Multnomah Grand Jury has found no wrongdoing on the part of the police in a fatal shooting last month.

The incident occurred when Officer Robert Brown and Officer Matthew Nelsen were responding to a robbery report on Southeast Foster Road and 104th Avenue. The victim then told them he had been assaulted and not robbed. The officers located the suspect in Springwater Corridor, south of Foster. The suspect appeared to be living there and swung a crowbar at them when they attempted to talk to him. The officers then began to back away when Brown tripped and fell. As Davis continued to advance with the crowbar, Brown fired his handgun, wounding Davis, who died from the injury.

The police released a picture of the crowbar as evidence. Neither officer was injured in the incident. Brown is a 15-year veteran of the police force, while Nelsen has 18 years experience working with the police. Davis has had brushes with the law before but has never been convicted of violent crimes.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Davis.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Davis during this challenging and tragic time.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on August 1, 2014, in Lawsuits Against the State, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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