911 call released from night Irish national was shot by police

Portland Ore. 7/25/08 In this 911 call released today, a Silverton resident tells a dispatcher that a stranger is banging and yelling outside her door, trying to get in. The stranger, Andrew Hanlon, would later be shot by police when they responded to the call. Note: Names and addresses have been removed from the 911 call. You will hear long beeps instead.

Investigators said the incident began when Shannon Kelley heard pounding on her front door at 11:20 p.m. and saw Hanlon, whom she did not know, acting strangely.

Kelley asked him to leave, but Hanlon demanded to enter. She said he told her he had a sword and yelled phrases such as "Thou shalt let me in!" and at one point screamed he was the "angel of death."

Kelley phoned police and said she had to brace herself against the front door with her parents, who were visiting from Montana, to stop Hanlon from breaking it down.

Hanlon apparently gave up and ran toward a main street, where he was met by Gonzalez responding to the call.

The officer said he heard the sound of shattering glass and thought Hanlon might be armed with a broken bottle, although investigators believe Hanlon probably bumped into a recycling bin.

Gonzalez said he ordered Hanlon to show his hands and get down on the ground, and he appeared ready to comply before he charged the officer, kicking and screaming.

Gonzalez said he backpedaled, but could never get more than 5 feet away and started firing.

His version of events was backed up by Jeff DeSantis of Silverton, who witnessed the confrontation and told investigators Hanlon disregarded the officer's commands before he screamed and rushed the officer.
DeSantis looked to his left and witnessed the confrontation from 35 feet away, the deputy district attorneys said.

He told investigators that Hanlon disregarded the officer's commands, and then rushed the officer with martial-arts moves after uttering what DeSantis described as a "primordial war scream."

DeSantis said Gonzalez stopped shooting when Hanlon finally slowed down and didn't fire at all when the Irishman was on the ground.

Gonzalez then grabbed his police radio to report, "Shots fired." Hanlon died at the scene.
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