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What Happened To Fouad Kaady: September 2005

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Candlelight Vigil for Fouad Kaady

author: Citizen - published in Portland IndyMedia

Fouad Kaady was killed by police unjustly 2 weeks ago. We need to support the communityu and demands anwsers from those that aree supposed to serve and protect!
His pickup truck ran out of gas around a mile from his parents home in Gresham. He got the truck to Ricks fencing. He forgot his phone at home so he could not call anyone for help. So he ran to his parents home , picked up his Mothers Buick,(his mother was out of town at the time,) grabbed a gas tank and filled it up. When he got to Ricks fencing his truck was towed. It was parked on private property. It was towed out to Sandy.. So Fouad headed out to Sandy in his Mother's buick with the gas tank in his car. Fouad a smoker, lit up a cigarette in the car.. From there unsure exactly what happened. We knew he was the gas tank caught fire in the car. Causing him to drive recklessly and hitting two cars. He ran out of his car indulged in flames and ripped his clothes off. He suffered serious head injuries from the wreck. He ran onto a guys property asking him for help, the guys saw him as a crazy naked man chased him with a bat. In defense of himself, Fouad kicked him. The man claimed he was trying to help. Shortly later two cops arrived at the scene, they sat him down and he kept standing up. They eventually tased him 10 times, with 50 volts of electricity. Being bloody and naked the cops did not want to touch him. He would fall but stood back up. Eventually jumping on a cop car the police officers shot him in the chest 5 times killing him. Fouad was a good man that did not believe in violence. He loved people and was harmless. A father of a Mexican kid was at the funeral,apparently his son was killed and his body was found in the the woods of Sandy. His son had complained for some time about the Sandy officer harassing him. When the father found out that Fouad was an Arab he wanted to learn more. The Sandy police department would not help with his murdered son.

We need justice, but if the police are found liable it would bankrupt Clackamas county and Sandy. They will do everything they can to cover it up. I ask of our community stand up and prevent this from happening again. The police initial report indicated that he was a psycho who was wanted for hit and runs. Fouad was a beautiful person who did not use drugs. The local medial initially attacked his character based on the info that was released by the police spokesman. Please, Please, HELP!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Family disputes police account of shooting

from the Oregonian

GRESHAM -- The family of a 27-year-old Gresham man shot and killed by police last week in Sandy said his bizarre behavior was the result of injuries received in a fire that engulfed the inside of his car and a subsequent crash.

Fouad Kaady died Thursday afternoon of multiple gunshot wounds on a highway north of Sandy. The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Sandy police Officer William J. Bergin and Clackamas County sheriff's Deputy David E. Willard.

Both officers fired shortly after Kaady climbed on top of a patrol car, said Detective Jim Strovink, a spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. It's unclear which officer's bullet struck Kaady, he said.

Kaady, who was a suspected in at least three hit-and-run crashes, was bloody, naked and combative, Strovink said. One witness said Kaady had burns to his body and blood running down his torso from an apparent head wound.

A man who talked with Kaady shortly before police arrived said Kaady kicked him in the chest when he asked if he was all right. Another witness told police Kaady was sitting quietly in the middle of the road before police arrived.

Official explains actions

In an attempt to subdue him, Strovink said, the officers shot Kaady several times with a Taser -- a stun gun that delivers 50,000 volts of electricity through barbs fired into the skin -- with little effect.

"The officers felt threatened and perceived him to be a threat to others, as well," Strovink said, explaining why police used lethal force.

But Kaady's sister, Andrea Kaady, called his death "a travesty, a tragedy . . . it was an unlawful death."

She said her brother, a 1996 graduate of Gresham High School, had no history of mental illness and did not take hard drugs. "Why did they shoot him?" she asked. "Maybe if someone had tried to help him, this wouldn't have happened."

Kaady said her brother, a smoker, was driving with a gasoline can from the duplex owned by his parents in Sandy to his Toyota pickup, which ran out of gas earlier in the day in Gresham.

"He lit a cigarette and the gas caught fire," Andrea Kaady said. "He was trying to put himself out when he rear-ended another car. He was in shock."

Alice Lasher, spokeswoman for the Sandy Fire Department, said firefighters were first dispatched to Southeast Bluff Road on a hit-and-run accident with injuries. En route, firefighters were also dispatched to several brush fires, and at least two additional hit-and-run accidents.

"The brush fires were on the side of the road he traveled down and where a car went into the woods," Lasher said.

Witnesses told police Kaady was running naked through the woods and appeared to be painted red. Lasher confirmed Monday that Kaady suffered from burns, probably from the fire that engulfed the car he drove.

If Kaady hit his head in the crash, Lasher said, the injuries could have made him combative. "Head injuries can cause bizarre behavior," she said.

But Strovink said Kaady was exhibiting bizarre behavior before the shooting. He was reportedly seen driving erratically near Mt. Hood Community College.

He also was seen leaving his pickup in the parking lot of Rick's Custom Fencing, 20132 S.E. Stark St. in Gresham about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. James Blankenship, a worker there, said a man parked a truck in the store's parking lot, and after rummaging around inside, jumped from the cab.

"The door flew open and he jumped out and starting running across the field," Blankenship said. "All he had on were boxer shorts."

According to DMV records, Kaady's parents live a short distance away, on Southeast 207th Avenue.

It was about an hour later that the events preceding Kaady's death occurred.

Investigation continues

Strovink said that the case remains under investigation and that anyone with information can call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tips line at 503-723-4949. When the investigation is complete, the results go to a grand jury to determine if the shooting was justified.

Bergin, 24, was hired as a Sandy police officer in May, having previously worked as a Lincoln City police officer for about 11/2 years. Willard, 44, has been a Clackamas County deputy since 1994. He previously worked for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Willamina police and Portland Public Schools police. Both men are on paid administrative leave.

Albert Kaady, a cousin, said Fouad didn't do anything to deserve "this fate."

"If he was naked, how much of a threat is he to two or three or four police officers? He didn't deserve to die like this," he said.

A memorial service for Fouad Kaady will be at 11 a.m. today at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave., Portland.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Obituary for Fouad Raymond Kaady

Fouad Raymond Kaady

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland for Fouad Raymond Kaady, who died of gunshot wounds at age 27. A trisagion service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in Holman's Funeral Service.

Mr. Kaady was born Jan. 8, 1978, in Portland. He graduated from Gresham High School and was a real estate broker.

Survivors include his father, Rachid; mother, Samira; and sisters, Vania and Andrea.

Remembrances to the church

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Two officers in deadly shooting are identified

from the Oregonian

Law enforcement officers involved in a shooting that killed a 27-year-old Gresham man in Clackamas County were identified Saturday as Sandy police Officer William J. Bergin and Clackamas County sheriff's Deputy David E. Willard.

The shooting occurred Thursday on Southeast 362nd Avenue after Fouad Kaady climbed on top of a patrol car. Kaady, suspected in a series of at least three hit-and-run crashes, was bloody, naked and combative, according to the sheriff's office.

Kaady was shot by Bergin or Willard or both, according to Detective Jim Strovink, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Strovink said additional information, such as the number of gunshot wounds, won't be available until he receives a formal report from an autopsy Friday.

Bergin, 24, was hired as a Sandy police officer in May, having previously worked as a Lincoln City police officer for about 11/2 years. Willard, 44, has been a Clackamas County deputy since 1994. He previously worked for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Willamina police and Portland Public Schools police.

Both men are on paid administrative leave, which is customary after a fatal shooting.

Friday, September 9, 2005

Clackamas County Identifies Deceased Male Subject

Press Release from: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
2223 S. Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Clackamas County Identifies Deceased Male Subject

September 9th, 2005 3:37 PM

The Clackamas County Sheriffs Office has been informed that a positive identification has been completed concerning the naked and combative male subject, who was subsequently shot and killed by police on SE 362, in Sandy.

This shooting victim is identified as: FOUAD KAADY, WMA,
01-08-78. Fouad Kaady resided in the Gresham area. No criminal history to report, or mugg photo available to publish.

Fouad Kaady is the male subject who is reported to have been involved with a series of hit and run vehicular accidents on Bluff Road, which triggered rescue personnel responding from the City of Sandy and the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office to the area.

While this response was being conducted by rescue personnel, additional reports of a citizen assault was received, in conjunction to the hit and run suspect vehicle being engulfed in flames on Bluff Road.

Reportedly, a Good Samaritan working as a surveyor in the area indicates the subject he attempted to help, who was standing naked in the woods near the flaming vehicle, and kicked him in the chest as he attempted to render aid.

Additional information has been investigated where a female witness/victim reports this naked subject had advanced from Bluff Road and was running along SE 362. This female driver reports this subject had jumped, naked onto her moving vehicle and was pounding on the sunroof of this vehicle prior to his encounter with police. This encounter did not create any addition accidents or injuries to this female driver.

A short time later Fouad Kaady engaged the Clackamas County Sheriffs Deputy and the Sandy Police Officer who had arrived in the area of SE 362. It was during this engagement Fouad Kaady was subsequently discovered to be combative and totally unresponsive to the audible law enforcement commands to comply, or the Tasering deployed by both officers on the scene.

Reportedly, Fouad Kaady was out of control and on top of the patrol vehicle for a period of time.

Fouad Kaady was shot by at least one [emphasis on at least one] of the two law enforcement officers on the scene representing the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office and the Sandy Police Department.

It is expected the officers involved will continue to be on paid Administrative leave, which is customary in these types of situations.

The involved officers names will be released in the next 24 hours.

The Oregon State Medical Examiners Office has conducted the autopsy of Fouad Kaady earlier today. The results of this autopsy examination will be released at the appropriate time when completed. Please recognize the toxicology examinations alone require at least two to three weeks to complete.

The Clackamas County Sheriffs Office is requesting if any member of the public has information related to this on going investigation to please come forward and contact the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office at 503-723-4949.

Contact Info: Detective Jim Strovink, Acting Public Information Officer Clackams County Sheriffs Office 503-237-2643

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office / Sandy Incident Update

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office / Sandy Incident Update

September 8th, 2005 9:10 PM

Recapping the officer involved shooting that occurred earlier on SE 362nd, in Sandy:

A reported hit and run accident was reported on Bluff Road and involved a female victim who reported she was struck from the rear in her vehicle while driving on Bluff Road at approximately 1:30 PM.

This female victim of the hit and run was transported with non-life threatening injuries and later released from medical attention.

This reported suspect vehicle was then reported to have struck at least one additional vehicle at about this same point in time, in the same area. Investigators are attempting to determine if this suspect vehicle struck additional vehicles during this same time period.

Responding rescue was then alerted to a brush fire a short distance from the initial hit and run location. It was discovered this fire was the suspect vehicle, totally involved with fire, on the south side of the roadway on Bluff Road.

In addition, a male witness reports the suspect of this hit and run suspect vehicle physically assaulted this witness near the scene of this fire. This witness described this suspect as combative and may have been armed with a handgun in the woods.

While all of this activity was being addressed: A responding Sandy Police Officer and a Clackamas County Sheriffs Deputy responded to a report of a man running naked on SE 362; a short distance from the reported hit and run location on Bluff Road, the vehicle fire and assault location.

Both the Deputy and Sandy Officer confronted this naked, male subject on SE 362 in the middle of the roadway. This subject did not respond to the law enforcement commands and was out of control. Subsequently, both the Deputy and Sandy Officer utilized a non-lethal force, in the form of a Taser gun to gain control of this subject. This deployment of the Taser did not enable these law enforcement personnel to gain control of this subject. At one point, it is reported the suspect had maneuvered himself onto the top of the patrol vehicle at the scene. It was ultimately deemed necessary, by at least one of these officers [emphasis on at least one], to transition to lethal force and shoot the subject to reduce the threat imposed. This suspect died at the scene and this investigation is continuing.

Obviously, the scope of this investigation is very involved and covers a wide area the suspect had negotiated from beginning to end, over a 30 minute time period from beginning to end.

It is expected to take considerable time to contact and interview all the known witnesses at this time, and to adequately conduct a search of the area on foot. Which includes investigators canvassing the area for additional potential witnesses.

The Sheriffs Office is encouraging anyone with information related to this series of events to please contact the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office to report this critical information.

The deceased suspect has been fingerprinted, and additional efforts to identify this individual will continue appropriately.

Please recognize the enormous scope of this ongoing investigation, which is expected to continue into the coming weekend.

As is customary in these types of investigations, the law enforcement personnel involved will be provided with Administrative leave opportunities to enable them to decompress from this traumatic experience. The names of these personnel involved will be released at an appropriate point in time.

The community where this occurred can be assured the situation is under control and no addition threat to the citizens exists from this unfortunate incident.

An investigators debriefing is expected at around noon on Friday. Detective Strovink will provide any additional information which may come available as a result of this debriefing session.

Any additional information related to this investigation will be provided to the media in a timely fashion as received by this office. [end]

Contact Info: Jim Strovink, Acting Public Information Officer Pager:503-237-2643