Armed man arrested in Lents after firing at house

Even though this suspect injured a police dog when taken down, see why he’s already back on the streets of outer East Portland …

Police officers respond to the Lents neighborhood, after reports of a man, with a rifle, shooting at homes and people.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The anomalous story of a man, walking through the Lents neighborhood and  shooting up at least one home, began on April 9, just before 11:00 p.m. The location was SE 99th Avenue, a half-block north of Holgate Boulevard.

Several neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center to report the incident, bringing several Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct units.

“Neighbors provided officers with a description of the suspect, the suspect’s last known location, and described the gun as a ‘semi-automatic rifle’; and, while speaking with witnesses, officers could hear what they believed to be possible gunfire,” related PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

With the help of a police dog, officers close in on a suspect.

Officers fanned out in the area, including a PPB canine team, and found the suspect about two blocks northeast of the original location, near SE 100th Avenue and Boise Street.

“The suspect fought with a police canine and officers as he was taken into custody,” Burley said. “The police canine was injured during the incident, and is currently receiving treatment at an area veterinary hospital for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.”

Officers find this weapon near to where the suspect is arrested. PPB provided image

In the area where the suspect was detained, officers found a large knife and a firearm – but, on close inspection, the gun was determined to be a realistic-looking air rifle.

Officers also located a victim who said he’d been shot by the suspect multiple times. “The victim was treated for his injuries at the scene, and did not require transport to an area hospital,” Burley said.

Arrested on several charges is 31-year-old Adalid Flores Pelayo. MCDC booking photo

Officers identified the suspect as 31-year-old Adalid Flores Pelayo, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 1:15 a.m. on April 10 on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Reckless Endangering.

But, Pelayo didn’t stay behind bars for long; a Multnomah County Court judge released him on April 11 to “Pretrial Release Supervision” with “$0 bail”.

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