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Friends question use of force in police shooting

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Close friends of a man shot and killed by a Portland Police officer Thursday morning question whether deadly force was necessary to subdue the man.

Brandon Mitchell, who has been friends with 23-year-old Nick Davis since grade school, said Davis suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but was not a violent man.

"He just needed support and needed people to help him," said Mitchell.

Officers confronted Davis, who is homeless, after a call for an assault near SE Foster and 103rd Avenue Thursday morning. They said Davis then brandished a crowbar and advanced toward them. While retreating, one of the officers fell, and Davis continued swinging the crowbar, so the second officer fired his weapon, fatally wounding Davis.

Mitchell said he believes officers should have tried less drastic measures to subdue his friend.

‘Pepper spray him, tase him, or do something just to disarm him. They should not have shot him," said Mitchell.

On Saturday night, Mitchell and a handful of Davis' other friends placed a wooden cross, pictures and candles near the area where he died.

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