Autopsy finds Brad Lee Morgan Died of Single Gunshot Wound, Police Say

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, Thursday, January 26, 2012

The scene of the Portland officer-involved shooting Wednesday, atop the SmartPark garage at Southwest Morrison and Fourth Avenue.

The scene of the Portland officer-involved shooting Wednesday, atop the SmartPark garage at Southwest Morrison and Fourth Avenue.

An autopsy today found that Brad Lee Morgan, the 21-year-old fatally shot by police early Wednesday, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Dr. Larry Lewman, of the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

A second bullet tore through Morgan’s jacket and sweater and exited without hitting his body, Lewman said.

The shooting remains under investigation and will be presented to a Multnomah County grand jury.

The shooting occurred after Morgan had called 9-1-1 at 3:17 a.m., saying he had committed a robbery at knifepoint and was going to jump off a downtown parking garage.

Morgan also talked about shooting someone, and replied to a dispatcher when asked if he had a gun, “possibly.”

Officer David Scott, who joined the bureau 9 years ago, and Sgt. John Holbrook, a 15-year veteran, located Morgan atop the SmartPark garage at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Morrison Street.

Police had called out Project Respond mental health crisis workers and members of the bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team (formerly ‘Hostage Negotiation Team’) to respond to help talk Morgan down.

But before they arrived, Scott and Holbrook began talking to Morgan. At 4:01 a.m., police said the officer and sergeant saw Morgan pull out a black handgun and point it at them. Both fired shots.

Police said the handgun turned out to be a replica firearm that doesn’t fire anything.

Scott and Holbrook remain on paid administrative leave, as the investigation proceeds.

Police have not released how many shots were fired by police, or where the officer and sergeant were standing when they fired the shots.

Two bullets were located at least a block away – one inside a building on Southwest Fifth Avenue, and another found by a pedestrian in a crosswalk on Southwest Fifth Avenue.

The Portland police said they would release no further details until after a grand jury ruling.