Authorities identify man killed at Portland hospital

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Updated: February 19, 2013, 2:56 PM

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prison authorities say a man police killed Sunday at a Portland hospital was a convict wanted for failing to show up at a halfway house.

Authorities said Tuesday that 50-year-old Merle Mikal Hatch had a record of violent crimes.

A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman says Hatch had been serving a 10-year sentence at the medium-security prison at Sheridan, in Yamhill County, for a 2004 Colorado bank robbery.

He was supposed to report to a re-entry center in Denver on Feb. 12. Five days later he went to the emergency room of Portland Adventist Medical Center, where he had a handgun and threatened an employee.

Three officers fired at him. An autopsy showed he died of multiple wounds. Portland police say expect to release information Wednesday about their investigation.

His mother, Mary Hatch, told The Oregonian newspaper that she and her husband last saw their son 15 to 20 years ago, and he appeared to have fallen on hard times.