Court documents show Vancouver police started the investigation into Karuo after he allegedly pointed a handgun at a man in a parking lot on Sept. 29. Vancouver police had also placed a GPS tracker on Karuo’s white 2003 Ford Expedition, which was in place the night he died.
The release is the first information shedding light on why Clark County Sheriff's deputies sought to arrest Karuo on Oct. 17. Deputies ultimately forced Karuo's car into a berm and, according to investigators, fired at him after he aimed a gun.
The Portland Police Bureau identified the victim in Thursday’s police shooting as 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend. Portland police officer Curtis Brown shot and killed Townsend in the parking lot of a Motel 6 during a welfare check.
The Tigard police officer who shot and killed Jacob MacDuff on Jan. 6 was hired by the Port of Portland Police Department despite an ongoing criminal investigation. He started work at the agency April 19, but was put on leave after OPB's reporting on the investigation.
Five out of six men and women have returned. None have been reassigned, instead they've resumed their duties as before. And prosecutors have not yet decided whether the shootings are justified or whether to press charges.
At a time when many larger police departments in Oregon — Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton, Washington County — have started using body cameras, recent killings of Black men and people in mental health crises in nearby Vancouver, Washington, have spurred calls for adoption there as well. But experts warn the effects of cameras on police behavior may not be significant. Some critics say body cameras are an expensive solution with unproven results.
Donald grappled with mental health issues, a criminal history and substance abuse, they said. But they drew a line at the notion that those issues played any role in his Feb. 4 fatal shooting by a Clark County Sheriff's deputy.