HAPPY VALLEY, Oregon - On Monday evening at about 6:45 PM, Clackamas County Deputies were sent to investigate a theft of vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 10000 SE 82nd Ave, in Happy Valley. Citizens had confronted a man who was believed to be the suspect. There was a fight and the suspect was knocked to the ground.
A witness informed the Deputy that the suspect was bragging about getting the police to shoot him by attacking the Deputy. When the suspect saw the Deputy, the suspect jumped and charged at him in an aggressive manner.
The Deputy was able to get 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.