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Police ID 23-year-old man with crowbar shot and killed by officer

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Nicholas Davis, booking photo from April theft arrest Nicholas Davis, booking photo from April theft arrest
Crowbar used in attack leading to deadly officer-involved shooting. Evidence photo from Portland Police Bureau. Crowbar used in attack leading to deadly officer-involved shooting. Evidence photo from Portland Police Bureau.
A Portland police officer shot a man to death after he attacked police with a crowbar on the Springwater Corridor on Tuesday. A Portland police officer shot a man to death after he attacked police with a crowbar on the Springwater Corridor on Tuesday.
A Portland police officer shot a man to death after he attacked police with a crowbar on the Springwater Corridor on Tuesday. A Portland police officer shot a man to death after he attacked police with a crowbar on the Springwater Corridor on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police have identified the man armed with a crowbar who was shot and killed by an officer on the Springwater Corridor.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy Friday and determined that 23-year-old Nicholas Davis died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police said his family lives out of the area and they have been notified. Davis was previously arrested in April on theft charges.

Officers first responded to an assault near 104th Avenue and Foster Road around 6 a.m. Thursday.

They tracked down the suspect and were speaking with him about the assault when, without provocation, he attacked two officers with a 3-foot crowbar, police said.

"I traveled from where all the cars were coming from and I saw the road taped off and there's about 20 to 30 cops on the street," said Sergey Svidenko, who works in the area.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said the officers tried to disengage and create space between them and the suspect. As one of the officers backed away, he fell to the ground, and the suspect "continued swinging the crowbar and attacking the officers," Simpson said.

That's when one of the officers opened fire and shot the suspect. That officer was identified Friday as Officer Robert Brown, a 15-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau.

"Once the suspect was down, officers began rendering medical aid," Simpson said.

Paramedics were called to the scene, but the suspect did not survive the shooting.

"Anybody that comes at an officer with a weapon, I think the police are justified in defending themselves," said Gary Sargent who owns Sargent's Motorsports on Southeast Foster.

No officers were hurt in the shooting.

There were multiple witnesses to the shooting, Simpson said, and detectives are interviewing them.

Police closed Foster from 101st to 112th avenues during the investigation and reopened the road just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

People who work nearby say they're used to dealing with a lot of problems in the area from people who camp out along the Springwater Corridor.

"Ever since the Springwater trails conception here it's been known as the getaway for thieves in the area to get away with stuff in the middle of the night," added Sargent, who has had numerous break-ins at his business.

Officer Brown is on paid administrative leave as the case is investigated and forwarded to a grand jury.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Sponhauer at 503-823-0416, mark.sponhauer@portlandoregon.gov.

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