The grand jury issued its ruling this afternoon after it began hearing testimony on Monday.
Fifteen witnesses testified. The grand jury heard testimony from 8:30 a.m. until noon the last three days.
Grand jury transcripts likely won’t be released until Feb. 29, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Central Precinct night shift Sgt. John Holbrook, a 15-year veteran, and Central Precinct Officer David Scott, who joined the bureau 9 years ago, fired shots at Morgan after responding to a 9-1-1 call at 3:37 a.m.
Morgan had told a dispatcher that 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.”
Scott and Holbrook located Morgan atop the nine-story SmartPark garage at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Morrison Street. He had climbed onto an elevator shaft on the structure’s southwest corner.
At 3:35 a.m., Morgan reportedly told a dispatcher that officers had found him but he wasn’t going to go with them. At 3:47 a.m, officers requested that Project Respond mental health crisis workers come to the scene. Four minutes later, police asked for members of the bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team (formerly the ‘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 what looked like a black handgun and point it at them. Both fired shots.
Police said Morgan’s handgun turned out to be a fake.
The Portland Police Bureau has not yet 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.
Morgan’s family said the 21-year-old had been troubled by an on-again, off-again relationship and custody battles over his 8-month-old son. Morgan faced a restraining order, preventing him from seeing the woman. Two days before the shooting, Morgan and his mother had gone to court to seek a hearing to contest the restraining order.
A public records request from The Oregonian is pending before the Portland Police Bureau for all the police reports stemming from the shooting. The bureau responded that it likely will not release the reports until the grand jury transcripts are available on Feb. 29.