MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- An Oregon trooper shot and wounded a man who police said was armed with a knife Sunday night in the Milwaukie area.
Trooper Justin Lane was tracking a report of a reckless driver just before 6 p.m. when the vehicle was spotted in the 14000 block of SE 82nd Drive south of Lawnfield Avenue.
“The vehicle was seen stopping on the southbound on ramp from Highway 224 toward southbound Interstate 205 and the driver fled on foot across Interstate 205 to the east side of the freeway,” explained Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
Trooper Lane, driving on SE 82nd Drive saw a man who matched the description and “attempted contact” with him, according to Hastings and then that somehow escalated into gunfire.
The trooper said the suspect - later identified as Scott Campbell - was armed with a knife and was "non compliant," but authorities have not released any more details about the shooting.
A courier driver on lunch break told Newschannel 8 he witnessed the shooting. David, who does not want to reveal his last name, said Campbell was walking quickly along the sidewalk of SE 82nd Drive when Trooper Lane approached in his squad car.
David said the trooper ordered Campbell to stop, to which he complied. Campbell got down on his knees with his hands behind his back according to David. He then rose to stand at the request of Trooper Lane said David. At that point, David said, Campbell pulled a knife from his back waistband or pocket and tossed it to the ground behind him. Trooper Lane requested Campbell to pull up his sleeves to reveal his forearms. Campbell complied according to David. Then, suddenly, Campbell turned and picked up the knife from the ground.
"The guy turned around and grabbed the knife from the bike path and I heard the officer say stop," said David.
David recalls hearing four definitive shots and possibly a fifth. He said Campbell fell to the ground as Lane and an second law enforcement officer told him an ambulance was en route.
Campbell, 37, was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Relatives told KGW that Campbell has five children and he has been in trouble with the law before. But they said the Milwaukie man is "calm-natured" and doesn't seem like the kind of person who would attack an officer. They said he was very depressed over the recent death of his grandmother.
"He's had his run-ins. But I cannot imagine Scott every pulling anything on the cops," Campbell's uncle, James Richer told KGW.
A woman who identified herself as the grandmother of two of Campbell's children told KGW he has at least two bullet wounds to his shoulder and his stomach. She said he has already undergone two surgeries at OHSU. Campbell told her that he was trying to surrender and hand the knife over to the trooper - handle first - when the trooper fired at him.
Trooper Lane, 28, has worked for Oregon State Police for more than three years patrolling in the Portland area. Per procedure, he was put on paid administrative leave following the shooting.
An inter-agency team is investigating and Hastings urged any possible witnesses to come forward and talk to police.