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Portland Officer Cleared By Grand Jury For Fatal Shooting Of Suspect Who Shot At Her Partner’s Head

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

Portland, OR – A Portland police officer who fatally shot an armed domestic violence suspect after he shot at her partner in July has been cleared of wrongdoing by a Portland grand jury.

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Spokesperson Elisabeth Shepard announced on Dec. 13 that the grand jury returned a “not true” bill with regards to the case involving Portland Police Officer Mina Cavalli-Singer, The Post Millennial reported.

Officer Cavalli-Singer fatally shot 19-year-old Jonathan Worth after Worth shot at her fellow officer’s head while they were attempting to arrest him on July 24.

The officers were in a physical altercation with him at the time.

“Upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence…a grand jury returned a not true bill and found the use of force by Portland Police Officer Mina Cavalli-Singer that resulted in the death of Jonathan Allen Worth … was not criminal under Oregon law,” Shepard told The Post Millennial in a statement.

Officer Cavalli-Singer has been with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) for five years, the department said in a press release.

The incident occurred just after midnight on July 24, when officers responded to a call about a couple who were having a physical altercation near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Clinton Street, KATU reported.

Cell phone video filmed by Oregon CopWatch News showed two officers approaching the male suspect on a sidewalk to take him into custody.

The video showed the man sat down on a wall and pulled away from officers.

The woman who appeared to be with him approached the officers from behind and was told by both of them to “step back,” the video showed.

When the officers stood the suspect up and tried to put his hands behind his back, the man twisted and resisted.

The video showed the female officer went to the ground with the suspect on his back, still fighting.

The male officer joined her on the ground just before the suspect fired a shot, the video showed.

After the shot, both officers continued to struggle with the suspect as the person who was filming the video approached and asked if they needed help.

The female suspect stood over the officers screaming “stop it stop it stop it!” as her partner continued to fight with the officers who were trying to disarm him, the video showed.

The female officer drew her firearm and the video showed she pointed it at the side of the armed suspect who continued to violently resist the officers.

The video showed the suspect reached out and grabbed the female officer’s hand that was holding the gun and the officer opened fire.

The male officer jumped off the suspect and away as the female officer fired six rounds at the armed man, the video showed.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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