- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A knife-wielding man killed by a Portland police officer last weekend was originally from Pennsylvania, police said Monday. Detectives say the violence began as a neighborhood dispute.

The 36-year-old man who died late Sunday was identified as Christopher Ryan Healy, of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Healy was fatally wounded when he advanced on two officers Sunday evening with a 10-inch, double-bladed knife, Sgt. Pete Simpson said. The man was close to Officer Thomas Clark when Clark fired two shots, the police spokesman said. Healy remained on his feet and Officer Royce Curtiss then used a stun gun on him. Healy was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The initial 911 call came in as a burglary in progress in southeast Portland. Officers arrived to find the man who placed the call trying to restrain the apparent intruder.

Police said Monday that detectives have learned of a neighborhood dispute that began earlier in the weekend between the occupants of two residences.

“It’s more of a neighborhood dispute than a burglary,” Sgt. Greg Stewart said Monday.

Jean Paul Kodegui told The Oregonian newspaper that he called 911 after seeing the man try to enter his duplex through a side entrance. Kodegui said he confronted the intruder outside and told him not to move until police arrived. When the man tried to run, the resident says he grabbed him by his sweatshirt and they scuffled. That’s when police arrived and the man briefly tried to run again.

Police said the dispute was precipitated by a longstanding argument between Kodegui and a woman in a nearby duplex.

The woman told the newspaper that Healy was a homeless man her daughter had met on a street in Seattle and later invited him to stay at the Portland duplex. The woman said she had let Healy shower in her home shortly before the shooting.


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