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Portland police release name of man shot by police officer

June 26, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau has identified the man who was shot and killed by a police officer Thursday evening.

The bureau said in a prepared statement Saturday that Michael Ray Townsend, 40, died of a gunshot wound after he was shot by Officer Curtis Brown outside a motel.

Police were initially called to the Motel 6 on Thursday night, with the first two officers arriving at the motel around 7:15 p.m., according to dispatch records. The video showed a man sitting on an outdoor stairwell, surrounded by four medics and two police officers. In the video, the man appeared to be talking to officers before the medics and police officers moved away and the man stood up, holding something in his hand. Then the man advanced toward an officer who had drawn a gun, holding the object in front of him. The video then showed the man collapsing.

The police bureau also released a photo of what officers said was a weapon seized as evidence. The photo showed what appeared to be a sharp tool that is used to repair flat tires.

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Brown, who has been with the police bureau for 18 years, was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard practice. The shooting remains under investigation, Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said.

“While the investigation is still in its early stages, and releasing evidence at this point is rare, providing this video is critical to combat misinformation being spread,” Lovell said in the prepared statement. “Transparency and community trust are extremely important to us, but so is a full, complete and thorough investigation.”