Portland Police Identify Man Shot By Officer As Terrell Kyreem Johnson

By Ryan Haas (OPB)
Portland, Oregon May 11, 2017 10:32 p.m.
Terrell Johnson

Terrell Johnson

Portland Police Bureau

Portland police have identified a man an officer shot Wednesday night as 24-year-old Terrell Kyreem Johnson.


An autopsy report shows that Johnson, who police said had "no fixed address," died of multiple gunshot wounds.

According to a statement from police Thursday, officers confronted Johnson after he had threatened people at the Flavel Street Transit Station in Southeast Portland.

"According to Johnson's family, he has been struggling with drug addiction that they believe may have affected his mental health. Johnson has no mental health history on file with the Portland Police Bureau," the statement from Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

The PPB account of the incident states that Johnson ran after officers addressed him. Officer Jacob Howell, with West Linn police, initially spoke to Johnson.


Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy A.J. Ajir and his brother, Portland police Officer Samson Ajir joined Howell at the scene.

According to police, Johnson then ran from the scene and Portland's Officer Ajir gave chase.

"Officer Ajir was in close proximity to Johnson when Johnson displayed a utility knife prompting Officer Ajir to fire his handgun multiple times, striking Johnson," Simpson wrote in the press release.

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That knife was recovered from the scene.

Officers then attempted to administer medical aid, but paramedics who arrived at the scene determined Johnson had died.

"(Portland) Officer Ajir has been placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the grand jury, which is also standard procedure. Deputy Ajir and Officer Howell have been placed on paid administrative leave for three days as is standard protocol with their respective agencies," Simpson said.

A Multnomah County grand jury will consider the case. Transcripts from those hearings will be publicly available after a determination is made.

"This is not the outcome anyone desires and it's distressing for all involved," said Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman. "We remain committed to full transparency and upon completion of the grand jury, we will ensure the entire investigation is released in a timely manner."