Another shooting, another injury, in outer East Portland

Week #167 Shooting Report | INCLUDES VIDEO Learn how police are continuing to take guns from criminals (as well as stolen vehicles), and keep doing investigating shootings, in our area this week …

Officers investigate another shooting that seriously injures a victim.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Unfortunately, stories about shootings, and convicted criminals caught red-handed with guns, have become commonplace it seems.

Officers and command staff with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) keep working to keep our neighborhoods safer. We’re starting off with one such story this week …

August 26
Stolen truck spotted in Powellhurst-Gilbert nabbed in Foster-Powell neighborhood

PPB officers swarm the Foster-Powell neighborhood, looking for the driver of a stolen truck.

Residents in the Foster-Powell neighborhood were disconcerted on Saturday night, August 26th, as close to a dozen PPB officers drove in from all directions, converging on SE 80th Avenue at Center Street.

Officially, the call was logged at 9:53 p.m., and it quickly brought ten PPB cruisers into the area, including two PPB Canine police dog teams, and AIR2, the Bureau’s “Air Support Unit” flying overhead.

It seemed curious that the large police call-out ended about a half hour later with a pickup truck being towed away.

It didn’t take long to find the driver of a stolen truck that crashed in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, and is about to be towed away.

When asked to fill us in on this incident, PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen summed it up in three words: “Great police work!”

He said the story actually started earlier in the evening, when an  East Precinct District officer on patrol spotted a suspected stolen pickup on SE. 136th Avenue at Powell Boulevard.

“The officer turned on the vehicles overhead lights signaling the driver to stop,” Sergeant Allen continued. “Instead, the driver eluded; and the officer turned off his lights and did not pursue the fleeing suspected stolen vehicle,” Sergeant Allen told East Portland News.

What the truck thief didn’t know was that the PPB’s “Eye-in-the-Sky” Air Support Unit was following the vehicle from above – all along the 3.1 mile route, as it headed west from the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

Coordinating by radio, another officer was able to intersect with the speeding truck and deflate its tires with spike strips.

Officers say they found a gun in this stolen truck, traced to the Foster-Powell neighborhood.

“The driver crashed at the intersection of SE 80th Avenue and Center Street, and ran off,” Sergeant Allen informed.

Spying a gun in the vehicle, officers quickly set up a perimeter to contain the suspect. It didn’t take long for a PPB Canine Officer on a leash to sniff out the suspected truck thief.

CLICK HERE for to see why you’re no longer to see booking photos, like the one taken of 30-year-old Joshua Lee Vogelman.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Joshua Lee Vogelman. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on August 27 at 3:07 a.m. on multiple Felony charges and Misdemeanors.

At his arraignment, a judge dropped a Felony charge of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Injury Accident), and four Reckless Endangerment charges. However, Vogelman remains in the MCDC in lieu of $4,000 bail on a Felon in Possession of a Firearm charge, plus a Felony Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle charge, plus Misdemeanor weapon charges.

The investigation is continuing. If you have information about this shooting, e-mail it to crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attn: ECST and refer to Case No. 23-224864.

August 27
Mt. Scott-Arleta shooting victim found in Lents

There was no shooting at this Lents neighborhood convenience store – the victim found there was shot about a mile away.

In the late afternoon of Sunday, August 27, at 4:31 p.m., PPB officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store in the Lents neighborhood on 92nd Avenue at Holgate Boulevard for a shooting.

See video of the second part of this shooting investigation – where the wounded person eventually stopped:

This is the store where, on August 20, 2021, 30-year-old Jonathon “Johnny” Polanco was shot and killed — as we told you at the time in our Week #59 Shooting Report. [CLICK HERE to read about this homicide and the wanted suspect.]

Arriving officers did find a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso; he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. “But when the officers responded to the convenience store parking lot, they learned though their investigation that it did not occur there,” Sergeant Allen told us afterwards.

Officers continue to investigate this shooting.

The store’s parking lot was closed off while the investigation was in progress. Lt. Nathan Sheppard provided more information: “Officers learned the shooting occurred on SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, between Foster Road and Ellis Street.”

That explains why, of the ten PPB units dispatched, only three of them wound up at the destination location in Lents. The others were looking for evidence where the shooting actually took place.

Witnesses said they believed that it took place in the strip mall at the corner of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses and Foster Road, before the wounded person drove away, 1.1 miles to the northeast, where the car was stopped in the middle of the parking lot.

The parking lot of this store remains cordoned off, while this shooting is being investigated.

“The suspect fled before officers arrived, and no one is in custody,” Lt. Sheppard added.

The investigation is continuing. If you have information about this shooting, e-mail it to crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attn: ECST and refer to Case No. 23-225530.

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