Clackamas County sergeant kills man
From The Oregonian, December 29, 2005 – not available online
A Clackamas County sheriff’s sergeant shot and killed a 24-year-old man Wednesday night after he tried to stab deputies with a large butcher knife at a mobile home park along Oregon 224, authorities said.
Deputies fired stun guns at Clint Andrew Carey, 24, but he appeared unfazed as he charged four deputies and a patrol supervisor with the knife, said Clackamas County sheriff’s Detective Jim Strovink.
“He wasn’t responding to commands, and he was Tasered at least twice,” Strovink said.
Carey was shot and killed by the patrol supervisor as his mother watched, Strovink said. “This was a very tragic situation,” he said.
Deputies went to the Riverview Mobile Home Court at 15758 S.E. Highway 224 about 6:30 p.m., after Carey called 9-1-1 dispatchers to say he wanted to fight with police, Strovink said.
By the time deputies arrived, Carey had left his home, and his mother greeted the patrol cars near the entrance to the complex, Strovink said.
“She told them he had been taking methamphetamine, was suicidal and he had not taken his medication,” he said.
The confrontation happened a few minutes later, after deputies spotted Carey walking toward them with the butcher knife, Strovink said. The supervisor, who was not immediately identified, fired more than one bullet, he said.
The supervisor has been with the sheriff’s office for nearly 20 years, Strovink said. He was also involved in a fatal shooting in the 1990s, which was later determined to be justified, the detective said.
Carey is the third person shot –and the second killed –in less than two weeks by a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy.
Shootings, fallout strain sheriff’s office
The Oregonian, December 30, 2005
Three officer-involved shootings in two weeks and the jailing of a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy last week are having a “staggering impact” on county law-enforcement staffing, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
Of the county’s 68 patrol deputies, 11 are on paid administrative leave while their roles in the shootings are investigated, a standard practice in police shootings. A 12th deputy, David Verbos, is in Tillamook County Jail on charges of menacing and armed robbery.
On top of that, the sheriff’s office has assigned an unspecified number of detectives to investigate the shootings, work that comes in addition to their regular workloads.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, with 0.5 deputies per 1,000 residents, is already understaffed compared with other jurisdictions. According to numbers provided by Clackamas County, Portland has 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents, and Multnomah County has 2.8 deputies per 1,000 residents.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said his office is postponing vacations, asking employees to work overtime, rescheduling trainings and calling retired staff to help. Roberts said he also is considering moving deputies off special assignments, such as traffic enforcement, so they can respond to 9-1-1 calls.
The immediate staffing shortage, Roberts said, will last for at least the next month as the shootings are investigated. Standard practice in Clackamas County is to conduct an internal investigation through the sheriff’s office and to simultaneously refer shootings to a grand jury, which reviews them for possible criminal charges.
In recent years, the sheriff’s office has been criticized in some cases for relying on lethal force and for failing to provide more training to help officers interact with mentally ill people. Roberts, who became sheriff in January 2004, said his office will study the recent shootings individually and collectively, to learn: “Are there any additional things we can do differently as an organization?”
The latest deputy-involved shooting was Wednesday when Clint Andrew Carey , a 24-year-old Clackamas resident, lunged at a sergeant with a knife. Earlier in the evening Carey called 9-1-1 to say he wanted to kill a cop. Carey’s mother told deputies her son had stopped taking medication and was using methamphetamine.
The number of recent shootings is highly unusual for Clackamas County. Of five fatal shootings over the past four years, three occurred in the past four months. Roberts finds no immediate pattern in the shootings but speculated about underlying causes.
Many people are unhappy and stressed during the holidays, Roberts said. He noted a surge of domestic disputes reported to emergency dispatchers on Christmas Eve.
Roberts also said the skyrocketing use of meth means officers across the nation are increasingly facing unruly and astonishingly strong people who don’t follow orders and don’t succumb to stun guns.
Add to the equation the high number of mentally ill people that officers routinely encounter, and it’s a volatile mix, Roberts said.
He added that deputies have little choice when a subject is sprinting toward them with a weapon.
“We do everything we can to not use force, but oftentimes the subjects’ actions dictate how we’re going to respond,” Roberts said.
At the same time, Roberts said he will focus on the psychological well-being of his employees.
“I’m going out with the troops and saying, ‘Listen, there’s a lot that has happened in the organization, but I want you to go out and do your job. Stay focused. And rely on the training that we’ve been given,’ ” Roberts said.
Roberts said he’s arranged for a psychologist to speak to staff about the emotional rigors of their jobs and to ask employees to look out for stressed co-workers.
Clackamas sheriff’s office names sergeant who killed man
From The Oregonian – January 4, 2006
A Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who shot and killed a knife-wielding man last week also shot an armed man in the line of duty 15 years ago.
The sheriff’s office on Tuesday identified Sgt. Kevin Layng as the officer who shot 24-year-old Clint Andrew Carey on Dec. 28. Carey reportedly called 9-1-1 to announce he wanted to kill a cop. When deputies responded to Carey’s Clackamas-area mobile home, Carey lunged at Layng with a knife with 7.5-inch blade, the sheriff’s office said.
Layng became a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy in 1987. In November 1990, Layng and another deputy fatally shot a Milwaukie man who fired shots at Layng. A Clackamas County grand jury found Layng and the other deputy justified in shooting the man. [This 1990 police shooting appears no where in the available public record – MHAP eds.]
Layng was not available for comment Tuesday, said Detective Wendi Babst, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
In April 2004, Layng wrote a letter to The Oregonian’s editorial page expressing his opinion on a recent shooting in Morrow County of a man who attacked deputies with a machete before they resorted to deadly force and shot and killed the man. Layng wrote that the public and the media often expect police to disarm suspects before using lethal force, but that’s unrealistic.
“In many situations, police have a split second to make a lethal-force choice,” Layng wrote. “To hesitate means giving the suspect the opportunity to shoot first or, in this case, slice up two deputies with his machete. To give an armed suspect the opportunity to strike first is to roll the dice with your own life, and it is a mistake, not heroism.”
Since Dec. 28, Layng has been on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice for all officer-involved shootings at the sheriff’s office. Carey was the third person shot –and the second person killed –by Clackamas County deputies during two weeks in December.
Detectives are still investigating the shooting. The case will be forwarded to the Clackamas County district attorney’s office for presentation to a grand jury.