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Michael Ervin Grubbe (non-fatal)

PPB Case #: 17-165086

Date: May 28, 2017

Subject: Michael Ervin Grubbe, 51

Involved Officers: Officers Matt Jacobsen, Matt Brown and Sara Fox

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, at approximately 6:28 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of East Burnside Street and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard on a report that a man was walking in the area and holding a handgun.  Shortly after officers arrived in the area, they encountered the man, 51-year-old Michael Ervin Grubbe.  During this encounter, shots were fired by the police and the suspect ran into the neighborhood. Officers encountered him again near NE Laurelhust Place and Couch Street, where additional shots were fired.  The suspect again ran off into the neighborhood.

After an exhaustive search of the neighborhood, the susupect was arrested near NE 3th Avenue and Sandy Blvd.  Poilce seized a Umarex 40 XP CO2 BB gun, with a metal slide and a 19-round magazine from Grubbe and arrested him on three outsanding misdemeanor treaspassing warrants.  He was uninjured in the shooting.

The involved officers were Officer Matt Jacobsen, a two-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct; Officer Matt Brown, a four-year-veteran assigned to East Precinct; and, Officer Sara Fox, an 18-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

In the afternoon hours of Wednesday May 31, 2017, the suspect was again taken into custody again in the area of Northeast 118th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard after a report that he was trying to force entry into his mother's home nearby. Grubbe was armed with a metal pipe and scissors, but dropped them and was taken into custody. Grubbe was placed on a Police Officer Hold and transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.  

Investigative files will be posted on the Bureau's website upon completion.