A gunman who held two bank tellers hostage at a convenience store may not have fired any shots before officers killed him, a police spokesman said.
Michael Lee Henry, 19, suffered nine to 12 bullet wounds in the Saturday shootout at the Pacific First Bank branch at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, an autopsy showed.He had taken two bank tellers hostage around 2 p.m. and was killed when officers stormed the bank at 5:40 p.m.
Police believed Saturday that Henry, armed with a .357-caliber Magnum, shot first. But Portland police spokesman Derrick Foxworth said Sunday it was unclear whether he fired at the officers at all.
He added, however, that Henry had his gun pointed at a hostage, 22-year-old teller Michelle Ulloa, when police opened fire.
Ulloa, six-months pregnant, and the other teller, Stacy Hunter, 22, of Vancouver, Wash., were not harmed.
Two officers were wounded in the episode, apparently by fellow officers, Foxworth said.
"More than likely their injuries were sustained by officers firing on the other side of the wall," Foxworth said.
Meanwhile, Henry's grandmother and Ulloa said Henry wanted to die because he had suffered a lifetime of physical and sexual abuse.
"He was just crying for help," Ulloa said. "He never hurt me. . . . He said he was going to shoot at the police, and he wanted them to kill him."