Portland to pay nearly $1M over police killing of man

Lane Christopher Martin
Lane Christopher Martin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a man who was shot to death by police last summer will receive nearly $1 million in a wrongful death settlement from the City of Portland.

Lane Christopher Martin was one day shy of 32 when Portland police shot him nine times on July 30, 2019. An autopsy report showed Martin died after wounds perforated both his lungs and heart, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Martin was struggling with addiction and mental health issues when he was killed by Officer Gary Doran of the Portland Police Bureau.

A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of police in Martin’s death, but the City of Portland has agreed to pay his estate $975,000 in a settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit.

The mayor’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

“Lane’s family is hopeful that this settlement sends a message to the Portland Police Bureau that they must do better when dealing with people in crisis,“ said Jesse Merrithew, the lawyer for Martin’s family.

Police had responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance with a weapon in a grocery store parking lot. According to officials, a store security guard confronted the man who displayed what witnesses described as an ax or hatchet.

Officers first fired sponge-tipped munitions at Martin, causing him to drop the weapon and flee. Police followed him through an apartment courtyard where he was shot multiple times and died.