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Grand jury rules officers justified in shooting death of wanted man in Gresham

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Deadly officer-involved shooting scene in Gresham on May 24. (Source: KPTV) Deadly officer-involved shooting scene in Gresham on May 24. (Source: KPTV)
Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps, prior jail booking photo Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps, prior jail booking photo
Protest against shooting death of Bodhi Phelps in Gresham on June 1. (Source: KPTV) Protest against shooting death of Bodhi Phelps in Gresham on June 1. (Source: KPTV)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A grand jury ruled that two Gresham police officers were justified in shooting and killing a wanted man who was brandishing two knives and had just assaulted his girlfriend.  

Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps, 22, of Fairview was shot and killed early the morning of May 24.

The incident began at 3:05 a.m. after multiple witnesses called 911 to report a woman being assaulted and forced into a car against her will on the 800 block of Southeast 190th Avenue.

The woman called 911 herself minutes later and said she had been assaulted by Phelps.

Investigators said Phelps initially ran from officers, but he stopped and "engaged with them face-to-face" near the 18900 block of Southeast Grant Street

"During the chase, Phelps told one officer he was going to stab him," according to a Gresham Police Department statement.

Officers said Phelps brandished two knives and refused numerous commands to drop them.

Investigators said one officer backed away and attempted to created distance from Phelps, but Phelps "continued to aggress," coming within 10 feet of that officer.

Investigators determined the two officers each fired six shots at Phelps. He was hit by 11 of the 12 bullets, according to the medical examiner, with seven striking the front torso of his body. He was also shot in the upper shoulder, right hand, left wrist and upper thigh.

The medical examiner determined one of the bullet strikes to his torso was fatal.

Phelps' family and others protested the shooting and blocked traffic in Gresham on June 1. They said Phelps was no threat to officers.

Phelps' girlfriend, who called police to report being assaulted by him before he was killed, was among the protesters.

“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,” Courtney Sherrell told FOX 12 last week.

Phelps' family said they planned to stage more protests.

At the time of his death, Phelps had arrest warrants in Multnomah County for violation of probation for identity theft, violation of probation for possession of heroin and a nationwide felony warrant for possession of heroin.

The seven-person grand jury heard 911 calls, saw video evidence and listened to testimony from 17 witnesses over two days this week before ruling the use of deadly force against Phelps was justified.

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