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The video images and police reports fill in some of the questions surrounding the high-profile shooting

By Maxine Bernstein

The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Videos from inside the CityTeam Ministries homeless shelter show John A. Elifritz, a knife in his right hand, running toward police officers before they shot and killed him on the night of April 7.

Elifritz collapsed about 15 to 20 feet from officers in the Southeast Portland shelter, his hands beneath him. When a sergeant rolled him over, a folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade dropped from his right hand. He had no pulse.

The shelter's video images and 681 pages of police reports released Friday fill in some of the questions surrounding the high-profile shooting that culminated an afternoon-long crime spree by Elifritz, 48.


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