Protesters block traffic in Gresham over officer-involved shooti - KPTV - FOX 12

Protesters block traffic in Gresham over officer-involved shooting

Posted: Updated:
Drivers in Gresham Wednesday tried to get past people protesting the shooting of Bodhi Phelps by Gresham Police officers last week. (Brain MacMillan/KPTV) Drivers in Gresham Wednesday tried to get past people protesting the shooting of Bodhi Phelps by Gresham Police officers last week. (Brain MacMillan/KPTV)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A group of protesters shut down Northwest Division Street at Northwest Towle Avenue in Gresham during rush hour Wednesday night.

The protesters are family and friends of Bodhi Phelps, who was killed by Gresham police last week after officers received reports that a man was assaulting and had kidnapped a woman.

The shooting is under investigation by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office major crimes unit.

“I'm trying to not allow my son to be forgotten. That's my goal,” Bohdi’s mother Shiloh Phelps said.

Protesters blocked traffic in both directions along Division Street in Gresham.

“When I saw something like this, I never thought it would happen to my family,” Shiloh Phelps said.

Police said, when they caught up to Phelps, two officers chased him, confronted him and then Phelps pulled out two knives. Officers then shot and killed Phelps.

“He was no threat. Why in the world would they shoot him?” Shiloh Phelps said.

Courtney Sherrell was Bohdi's girlfriend for two years.

“They knew who they were coming for and he's never had any kind of violent past toward police. He's always known to run,” Sherrell said.

Major crimes investigators told FOX 12 tonight that Phelps was not running away at the time he was shot and was not shot in the back.

Wednesday's protest was dangerous at times, with some drivers trying to drive through the protest line.

Protesters walked to the scene of the shooting and released balloons.

“He was the most amazing person I've ever met,” Sherrell said.

“He swore he'd protect me for the rest of his life. From what, I don't know. Maybe something like this. But, he's not here and we have to protect him now,” Shiloh Phelps said.

Phelps has multiple convictions on his record and, at the time of his death, had three warrants out for his arrest.

A grand jury hearing will be held once the investigation is complete.

The family says they plan to do more of these protests to keep Phelps’s name in the public eye.

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.