- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man suspected of stabbing a Portland police officer has been released from the hospital and booked into jail on a charge of attempted aggravated murder, authorities said Monday.

David James Ellis, 55, had been hospitalized under guard until Monday afternoon, a day after police say he was shot by an officer who watched his partner get stabbed in the hand.

Ellis suffered a gunshot wound to his upper right arm, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesman.

Officers Jose Jimenez and Scott Konczal suspected that Ellis tried to burglarize a police office in northeast Portland, Simpson said.

Jimenez left the patrol car, walked behind Ellis and tried to speak with him as he walked away. Konczal, meanwhile, drove the car alongside Ellis and positioned it to prevent Ellis from fleeing.

Ellis eventually turned toward Jimenez and grabbed a folding knife from his back pocket, Simpson said.

Jimenez fell while backing away. Ellis then jumped on the officer, who used his left hand to cover his chest as Ellis stabbed him, Simpson said.

Konczal fired a shot that struck Ellis, knocking him to the ground. Jimenez and Konczal then held Ellis at gunpoint until other officers arrived.

Ellis and Jimenez were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Jimenez has since been released, Simpson said.

Ellis has convictions dating to the 1980s for burglary, assault and kidnapping, public records show. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

As is standard procedure, the officers will remain on paid administrative leave until a grand jury decides whether the use of force against Ellis was legally justified.


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