Michael Ray Townsend called 911 twice within nine minutes on June 24, each time telling a dispatcher he was suicidal, high on methamphetamine, and in order to send an ambulance and police as soon as possible in the lobby of the Lloyd Center Motel 6.
I heard that in my first call, he said he was packing a screwdriver, but didn't want an ambulance, and he called for the ambulance. He was tripping the other night and wanted police to come to us immediately.
The Portland firefighters arrived at the motel a short time later. As soon as they arrived, the police gave a medical call to assist them.
In testimony before a grand jury, firefighters and officers described their unsuccessful attempts to help Townsend, 40, a medically significant boy, who has a history of mental illness, but not in a hurry to the officer with a sharp tool in his hand.
Officer Curtis Brown shot Townsend, the second of three fatal shootings in Portland this year.
The grand jury recently made the public transcripts of witness testimony, the first detail of the prosecution since the last trial, which opened the doors for the grand jury. Prosecutors announced that the jurys found no criminal wrongdoing by Brown in Townsends death.
According to their testimony, Townsend met with the residents of the northeastern Portland motel that night. The firefighters offered to have him taken by ambulance to a hospital and then moved him to his room because he needed to get something. But Townsend said that, "They would not do it to the local apartment", and he would not need a hotel so that he would be able to come in and get something, according to their testimony.
They refused that idea, but the firefighters were concerned, so they decided to take care of everything they had learned. At the time, they said that if he went back to the room, they would leave.
The firefighters and the police decided to remove them together. But they told Townsend they could give up if he still wanted help, according to grand jury transcripts.
As long as officers and firefighters were about to leave, Officer Brett Emmons slowed through the parking lot to head out but looked up at Townsend after his second landing.
Emmons said he asked his drivers side window one more time if Townsend wanted help. Townsend said he did.
After some restraints, and even Emmons stopped and Brown went along, and he returned to the town's site. But they convinced Townsend to meet them at the bottom of the inner stairwell, and to sit on a lower climb.
Emmons and Brown were standing in the lobby with Townsend and had a quiet interview with Emmons and asked Townsend if he was feeling suicidal.
Townsend said he was, explained that he was high on meth, and just wanted to go to the hospital where he could safely get out of his high.
When Emmons told Townsend he needed to get him to the hospital by ambulance, Townsends whole posture changed, Emmons testified.
Emmons, Brown and the firefighters testified that Townsend started to reach his left hand and toward his left front pants pocket, then began to reach his left hand hand, and reached his right front pockets, by looking up his left back pocket, the firefighters testified.
Emmons and Brown told Townsend they should not touch his pocket.
You make me super nervous when you touch your pocket.
When Townsend kept touching his left pocket with his left hand, Emmons asked if he could take off his shirt. Townsend did not respond.
One firefighter said they couldn't put him in the ambulance without checking for safety reasons. Townsend said he wouldn't let police pat him down and told the group to F off another firefighter testified.
The firelt. Aspen Breuer said he finally told Emmons he needed to get out of here. We're escalating the situation. Emmons agreed.
Breuer testified that he's like '100 percent', 'to be 100% 100% like 'no matter how much he is to leave', 'He is letting the noise be quiet! "
They agreed again to back off and leave.
I'll give you a call again later if you need more time, he said. If you need more time, go to the hospital, we can go and call back later, Emmons said. If you are going to the hospital, have it now, you can return from me and then you can return again, he told Townsend. No need to pay return.
Emmons said he started stepping aside, as did Brown, the firefighters and the ambulance medics.
The firefighters, Breuer, Brent Chopp, Giancarlo Scrobogna and Kevyn Smoot, announced they saw Townsend grab something from his pocket and start charging at Brown, who drew his 9mm pistol. Scrobogna said Townsend said he yelled, Im going to kill him all!
According to a testimony of Brown, they heard that he yelled, Stop! Stop! Drop it! and fired a gun when Townsend lunged at Brown, and said they said, I saw him. And as he attacked Brown, they heard that Brown shouted, Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop!... Drop it! and fire his gun, and that he gunned his gun at the protestant.
When he saw Townsend screaming, "What's there that out of a bargain?" Brown said he was walking away, still his eyes on Townsend's eyes and stood up and grabbed his pockets.
Brown drew his gun and said that he asked Townsend to stop or drop it yelled to a stop or drop it.
Brown said he didn't see what Townsend wanted when he backpedaled away from him.
He begins moving towards me, Brown said. I tell him to stop. He's like expletive you! Are you seeking this?
Brown then said that he saw what looked like a knife in Townsend's left hand. Townsend held this at shoulder height and was coming at her, testified Brown.
Brown said he returned, as far as he could in the parking lot, toward a parked police car, but when Townsend was about 4 to 5 feet away, he fired his gun.
Brown testified that I was concerned about getting stabbed.
Emmons said he wasn't sure what Townsend pulled out of his pocket, but noticed that it was slighten and pointy and had something stuck out of his fist.
He is 100% focused on Officer Brown, Emmons testified, and said something like I'll (expletive) do it or Lets (expletive) do that.
Emmons said he backed away at an angle but Brown was in Townsends direct path.
Emmons said he briefly wondered if he could go on a road with Townsend, but realized he couldn't be on the void of the sharp weapon Townsend was holding.
Emmons drew his Taser instead as he heard Brown fired two gunshots, according to the records.
After Townsend dropped to the ground, medics returned to the scene to try to treat him before he was loaded into an ambulance.
The suspect Travis Law testified that he died on the way to the hospital at seven o'clock, pronounced dead at 7 p.m.
As per an autopsy, Townsend was hit with two entry wounds, one left side of his abdomen, and the left arm with a bullet passing through his heart, and came to rest on the right side of his chest. According to an autopsy, the bullet that entered his arm entered his body into his chest, passed through his heart and passed through his left arm.
Toxicology tested for methamphetamine, amphetamine and olanzapine in the blood. Olanzapine is a medical medication used to treat schizoaffective disorders, says Dr. Sean Hurst, chief medical examiner.
Hurst said that the level of methamphetamine in Townsends system was consistent with intoxication, and he said.
Townsend was previously diagnosed with many psychiatric disorders in the past, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, according to Hurst and Law.
Townsend grew up in Bakersfield, California, who loved music and sports and grew up in adolescence, his sister said. He left for California, but said he had already learned from the fact that he didn't want to return to jail and reappear with her, and suffered panic attacks in custody.
Brown said he noticed the distinct tattoos on Townsend's face while the officers were at the hotel before the shooting, and realized that he had a call about Townsend a day earlier but couldn't find him even after people complained about the yelling at him at the Lloyd Center mall.
Brown was hired by the Police in 1999 and took about two years off to work as a federal air marshal before coming back to the city.
He said he was hoping that the officers and firefighters could have left the motel to inform the Bureaus Behavioral Health Unit to try to contact Townsend when he would be more calm for his help.
At the shooting, Townsend's sister Rachel Steven said Monday that she hadn't read the transcripts yet. He told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she didn't have a grasp on the matter when her brother advanced toward Brown.
Townsend has had bipolar disorder and later schizophrenia, she said.
He got mental health treatment for three years, according to court records. He called 911 or sought help multiple times before the night before. He'd received emotional health treatment from the Behavioral Health Clinic and LifeWorks, according to the court records.
Steven said she believed that his brother was out of custody for seven- or eight weeks without a support system when he was killed.
Interestingly, he kept his watch in December last year when he failed to participate in mental health and kept using methamphetamine, and didn't report to the federal probation officer on a conviction for an unarmed robbery, court records showed.
After the grand jury refused to indict Brown, Steven wrote on a Facebook social media page: It is unacceptable that people are not holding accountable and said that she is going to consult with lawyers.
She posted this month that month: "Rest in Heaven Michael I love you always!"
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