Joshua Lyle Merritt

Joshua Lyle Merritt jail booking photo

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland police have identified the suspect from an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday night. Joshua Kyle Merritt, 32, was booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. The involved officer is Craig Lehman who has been with the bureau for more than eight years.

PPB said officers were called to a store in the 600 block of Northwest Naito Parkway at 9:36 p.m. and arrived at the scene at 9:44 p.m. Prior to arriving at the store, PPB said officers were told a white man had taken some food without paying, laid down on the floor and refused to leave the store. Once at the store, police tried to reach the man, who PPB said had moved farther into the business. After eight minutes at the store, an officer shot the man. Four minutes after the shooting, police said officers “reached him” for medical aid. He was then transported to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Detective Michael Greenlee at or 503-823-0871 or Detective Brad Clifton at or 503-823-0696.

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(4) comments

Just curious

The article about this young man doesn't mention a weapon, but that's a charge against him. Also why was he shot? Just because he didn't have any place else to go? A homeless man with a mental problem. Well looks like he has found a home away from home.


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Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Why would this story contain the race of the suspect, when it also shows a picture? Wouldn't the reader / viewer be able to ascertain the race of the suspect, and why is that even important? How many times with another race is involved with a crime, is the race of that suspect curiously omitted? Btw..where's the outrage for this shooting? Where's the "mostly peaceful" protest? How many Kafourys have contacted the suspect to file a lawsuit against the PPB and the officer?


Another vagrant thug what else is new.

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