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David James Ellis (non-fatal)

PPB Case #15-225588

Date: July 5, 2015

Suspect: David James Ellis, 55

Involved Member:  Officer Scott Konczal

On Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 1:41 a.m., North Precinct Officers Jose Jimenez, a three-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, and Scott Konczal, a four-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, were working a partner car along Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The officers contacted at man on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 110th Avenue, who appeared to be trying to burglarize a police contact office, located at 11036 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officer Jimenez exited the patrol car and walked behind the suspect, later identified as 55-year-old David James Ellis, who was walking away westbound on Sandy Boulevard. Officer Jimenez tried to verbally engage Ellis multiple times, but Ellis did not respond. Officer Konczal drove alongside Ellis and positioned the patrol car on 110th Avenue to prevent Ellis from walking away further. At the corner of 110th and Sandy, Ellis turned toward Officer Jimenez, reached into his back pocket and retrieved a folding knife.

Officer Jimenez backed away from Ellis, trying to create distance, and fell backwards injuring his right hand and wrist. Ellis jumped on top of Officer Jimenez. Officer Jimenez used his left hand to cover his heart as Ellis stabbed him, injuring Officer Jimenez's left hand.

Officer Konczal fired a shot, striking Ellis, who then fell onto the ground and Officers Jimenez and Konczal moved away to their patrol car and held Ellis at gunpoint until cover officers arrived and were able to take him into custody and begin providing medical aid.

Officer Jimenez was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

Ellis was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to a single gunshot wound to his upper right arm. He was released on July 6, 2015, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

On Monday July 13, 2015, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted Ellis on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  

The Grand Jury also determined Officer Scott Konczal was justified in shooting Ellis during Ellis' attack on Officer Jimenez.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau conducted an internal review of the entire incident and the case went before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division. The shooting was found to be "in-policy" by the PRB.