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Another Clackamas Murder

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Press Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office


Posted: December 16th, 2005 3:12 PM

Clackamas County Sheriff's detectives have confirmed that the subject who was shot during a struggle with deputies is Donald Harold Graham, 44, last known to be living in the Portland area.

An autopsy conducted earlier today at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determined that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the torso.

Detectives are continuing to search for evidence in the area where the shooting occurred. Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that someone had forced entry into the attached garage at the residence at 18465 SE Sunnyside Rd. but it is unknown at this time if any items were taken from the garage.

The investigation is ongoing and several items of evidence have yet to be examined by investigators. Tools were found near where the shooting occurred, including a screwdriver and pliers. Several items of clothing and a bag, which apparently belonged to the suspect, have yet to be examined.

Graham was identified last night as a subject who fled on foot after a pursuit in the Damascus area. At 3:21 p.m., on 12-15-05, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Traffic Deputy operating a motorcycle attempted to make a traffic stop on a tan 1989 Honda Accord on SE 152nd near SE Sunnyside Rd. in Clackamas for a traffic violation. The driver refused to pull over and made a u-turn, ending up back on SE Sunnyside Rd. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle as it traveled down SE Sunnyside Rd. into traffic.

At the intersection of 172nd and SE Sunnyside, the Honda drove into a ditch and then struck at least one and possibly two other vehicles stopped in traffic on SE Sunnyside Rd., causing vehicle damage but no injuries. At one point the vehicle pulled off into a driveway near 182nd and SE Sunnyside Rd. and struck a tree. The male driver of the vehicle fled on foot. The female passenger then drove the vehicle back onto SE Sunnyside Rd. where she pulled over and was taken into custody by deputies near SE 177th Avenue.

The original male driver of the vehicle was identified as Donald Harold Graham and the female was identified as his wife, Mary Catherine Graham, 40, of Portland. Mary Graham was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on four counts of Identity Theft and one count of Hindering Prosecution, after deputies located checkbooks, a passport and other items for four different subjects inside the Honda. Mary Graham was later released on her own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on 1-12-06, at 1:30 p.m.

Deputies conducted an extensive search of the area of 180th and SE Sunnyside but failed to locate Donald Graham. The search was called off at approximately 6:00 p.m. last night.

Graham was also identified as the suspect who eluded a Gresham Police Officer on 12-6-05, and then struck a vehicle shortly afterwards in Clackamas County at 190th and SE Tillstrom Rd. in Boring, before fleeing the area on foot. Deputies were unsuccessful in locating Donald Graham on 12-6-05 after searching the area near the scene of that crash.

The three deputies involved in the incident are still on paid administrative leave. There is no further information to release at this time. Any new information will be released as it becomes available.

Donald Harold Graham has been lodged in the Clackamas County Jail in the past on the following charges: 02-17-82 Probation Violation and Driving While Suspended; 02-13-84 Resisting Arrest, Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer and Escape III.

Booking photographs of Donald Harold Graham and Mary Catherine Graham are attached to this release.

**********************Previous Release 121605********************* Officer Involved Shooting - Damascus

Clackamas County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred at 18465 SE Sunnyside Rd., Damascus at approximately 9:18 p.m. on 12-15-05. A single male suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the address at 8:47 p.m. by an elderly female who reported that a suspicious male prowler was on her property. Three deputies arrived at the residence; a single-family home set back approximately 1/4 mile from the roadway, and encountered a male subject in a field near the house.

A struggle ensued between the deputies and the suspect. Deputies attempted to use less lethal force to subdue the suspect without success. At least one shot was fired by one of the deputies, which struck the suspect. Medical personnel were dispatched but the suspect was deceased at the scene.

Several deputies, a canine unit and the Sheriff's Air Unit had all been in the area of SE Sunnyside Rd. between SE 177th and SE 180th Avenue earlier in the evening after a male subject ran from a vehicle after a brief pursuit. The search for that subject was called off at approximately 6:00 p.m. when the suspect could not be located. Detectives are still attempted to determine if this incident is related to the shooting incident.

The deceased was transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. It is believed that a positive identification of the deceased will be made at that time and the information will be released pending the proper family notifications.

The three deputies involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave at this time, standard procedure in officer involved shooting incidents. Their names will be released at a later time.

Detectives will continue to interview witnesses and process the scene for evidence in the daylight hours.

Further information will be released as is becomes available.

Contact Info: Detective Wendi Babst

Public Information Officer

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Phone: 503-353-4630

Pager: 503-237-2643

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What happend? 18.Dec.2005 20:21


What kind of press release is that, how did he get shot and killed?

protect ourselves 23.Jan.2006 13:00


Perhaps the first step in protecting ourselves is to not be a junkie burglar...

Donald 26.Dec.2012 23:07


My brother was not a burglar and he was unarmed when he was murdered. His eyes were gorged out.