Find out why it looks like this was yet another gang-related shooting in outer East Portland …
Throughout the night, and into the morning hours of July 17, detectives continue to gather evidence.
Story and photos by David F. Ashton
There isn’t much nightlife along SE Division Street between SE 82nd Avenue and I-205 – just a convenience store, a deli/gaming parlor – and several small businesses closed in the evening.
But, about 8 p.m., on July 16, a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officer on patrol heard shots ring out while he was on patrol at SE 82nd and Division, and he drove eastward on Division Street to investigate.
“A citizen flagged the down the officer,” reported PPB spokesperson Detective Mary Wheat, “and told him that someone had just been shot. This individual provided the officer with information concerning a vehicle – described as a black BMW – suspected to be involved in the shooting.”
Police officers keep citizens away from the site of the apparent shooting.
Officers converged on the scene and found a gunshot victim in the 8400 Block of SE Division Street, immediately calling for medical personnel. The radio call we heard indicated the victim was stabilized and rushed to OHSU.
One suspect fights with officers
“Officers began searching the area for the suspect vehicle,” Wheat told us. “They located it near I-205 and 92nd Avenue. Officers detained two adult males who were riding in the vehicle.”
Although officials won’t confirm it, a witness said one of the men surrendered; the other man struggled with officers and was shot with bean bag rounds to subdue him.
The following day, Wheat told us that PPB detectives worked throughout the night and into the morning hours gathering evidence and talking with witnesses.
SE Division Street is closed for traffic well into the night, as officers, and members of the Gang Enforcement Team, investigate this crime.
Incident wasn’t a ‘gang rumble’
When asked whether or not this was a “gang shooting”, as reported by other media, Wheat responded, “This doesn’t appear to be a situation in which one gang was ‘shooting it out’ with a rival gang. Detectives do suspect some people involved in this incident have gang ties. The PPB Gang Enforcement Team is working with detectives as this investigation continues.
Wheat did confirm that one man was treated at an area hospital for gunshot wounds, and is in stable condition, but said that detectives had not yet released the victim’s name.
Detectives arrested this man, 29-year-old Mikhail Polishchuk and on three charges: Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News