Monday, May 8, 2017

Theft call turns into attempted assault on Deputy by reportedly suicidal man, citizen provides warning

THEFT CALL TURNS INTO ATTEMPTED ASSAULT ON DEPUTY BY REPORTEDLY SUICIDAL MAN, CITIZEN PROVIDES WARNING


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 8th, 2017 8:47 PM
On 05-08-17 at about 1845 hrs, Clackamas County Deputies were dispatched to a theft from a vehicle which had just occurred in the parking lot of Walmart, located at 10000 SE 82nd Ave, in the unincorporated area of Happy Valley. Citizens had confronted the suspect, and a disturbance was brewing, possibly resulting in a physical confrontation that may have knocked the suspect to the ground.

When the initial Deputy arrived, he was contacted by a Good Samaritan who informed the Deputy the suspect was boasting about getting the police to shoot him by attacking the Deputy. True to his word, when the suspect saw the Deputy, the suspect jumped up and charged at him in an aggressive manner.

Being forewarned, the Deputy was able to deploy his Taser, and stop the suspect's attack. Officers from Milwaukie Police Department arrived and assisted with taking the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as 27 year old Justin Godsy, of Canby, OR. Further investigation revealed him to be the subject of a previous call for service today, wherein his family reported him as being suicidal and potentially homicidal. Mr. Godsy was not located at that time.

Medical personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1 and American Medical Response responded to evaluate Mr. Godsy. Based on the circumstances, Deputies decided to place Mr. Godsy on a Peace Officer's Hold, and have him transported to an area hospital for mental health evaluation. Charges of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct, and Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer will be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

We would like to thank the citizens who were looking out for one another and called to report the initial theft, as well as the citizen who quickly provided safety information to the Deputy who arrived on scene. It's cooperative actions like that which make this community a great place to live, and allows us to effectively serve the public.
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