Theft call turns into attempted assault on deputy; Sheriff's Office thanks citizen for warning

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017, 8:47 p.m.


At about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported a theft from a vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart, located at 10000 SE 82nd Ave. in unincorporated Happy Valley.

Citizens had confronted the suspect, and a disturbance was brewing. The theft suspect had been knocked to the ground during what appeared to be a physical confrontation.

The initial deputy arrived at the scene. A Good Samaritan informed the deputy that 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 the deputy in an aggressive manner.

Being forewarned, the deputy was able to deploy his Taser and stop the suspect's attack.

Milwaukie Police officers arrived and helped take the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as Justin Godsy, 27, of Canby.

Further investigation revealed Godsy to be the subject of a previous call for service today (May 8), 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 a Peace Officer's Hold on Mr. Godsy and have him transported to an area hospital for a mental-health evaluation. Charges against Mr. Godsy of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct, and Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer will also be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

The Sheriff's Office 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 provided safety information to the deputy who arrived on-scene. It's cooperative actions like that that make this community a great place to live and allow us to effectively serve the public.


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Contact Info:
Sgt. Paul Coleman
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office