Grand Jury clears Portland officer who fatally shot knife-wielding man

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PORTLAND, Oregon — A Multnomah County grand jury has cleared a Portland police officer who fatally shot a man armed with a double-bladed knife last month.

The Oregonian reports ( the grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by officer Thomas Clark, and determined he was justified in shooting 36-year-old Christopher Ryan Healy during a burglary.

The 36-year-old Healy was homeless and was originally from Erie, Pennsylvania.

Healy was fatally wounded when he advanced on two officers with a 10-inch, double-bladed knife. Officials said Clark fired two shots after Healy got too close; the other officer used a stun gun on the man.

The confrontation happened after a neighbor who saw Healy break into his duplex called police. Authorities say another neighbor had allowed Healy to stay at her place, causing a neighborhood dispute.

Information from: The Oregonian,

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