PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau says seven of its officers and one deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a shooting that killed a carjacking suspect who had fled into a homeless shelter.
Authorities say in a statement that 911 callers reported 48-year-old John Elifritz jumped from the moving stolen vehicle, held someone at knife point and was wandering the street with a knife before he entered the CityTeam Ministries Shelter.
Witnesses say Elifritz was cutting himself and acting erratically once inside.
The shooting was captured on cellphone video by a bystander and posted on social media.
The video has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union and Elifritz’s brother to question police tactics.
The video shows Elifritz standing across the room from police and behind a low wall when the shots were fired.