Armed standoff closes SE Division in Tuesday morning commute

Week #197 Shooting Report | INCLUDES ARCHIVE VIDEO | Find out who the Portland Police arrested as this confrontation ended. And, learn who they tracked down and arrested for a Parkrose Heights woman’s murder last November …

After Portland Police Bureau officers make contact with a man – allegedly armed – they cordon off the intersection of SE Division Street at 92nd Avenue.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The good news is that, once again this week, no one is known to have died from violence by a person with a gun.

But, as good news, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers are still being called to investigate a variety of “Shots Fired” reports in our neighborhoods.

March 19
Armed standoff in Montavilla shuts down major thoroughfare during morning rush hour

Here looking west on SE Division Street, from the I-205 overpass, we see officers vigilant in a callout involving a gunman.

Along SE Division Street, east of 92nd Avenue, where the Montavilla and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods converge, PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Disturbance-with-Weapon” at on March 19 at 7:35 a.m.

Upon investigation, officers learned that the suspected shooter was still nearby, in or near a specific house facing SE Division Street.

Officers keep an eye on a house that’s hidden behind overgrown trees and bushes.

The reportedly-armed man refused to talk with officers; so the PPB supervisor at the scene called for backup. This brought a total of 24 officers to the scene.

Officers then closed down SE Division Street between 92nd Avenue and the I-205 Freeway. In addition, all vehicles and pedestrians were also blocked from traveling northbound 92nd, from Division to Market Streets.

Because they could be in the line of fire, these officers take cover behind patrol vehicles.

“As soon as you take some pictures, you are strongly advised to leave the area,” an officer warned East Portland News. “We believe a gun is pointed this way.”  He motioned toward a yard, or a camp, just northeast of the intersection of Division Street and 92nd Avenue.

Later on, PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner told us, “Officers responded to reports of a non-injury shooting. They identified a suspect, and spent some time negotiating with him to surrender peacefully, which he did – and was then taken into custody.”

Afterward, some officers remained at the scene of incident past the noon hour.

Law enforcement agencies are now forbidden to provide booking photos taken after a suspect is arrested, under Oregon State law, prior to their conviction, Thus, you’re not allowed to see the MCDC booking photo of 47-year-old Roy Dean Colbert that was taken after his arrest. CLICK HERE for details.

Arrested was 47-year-old Roy Dean Colbert, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 12:28 p.m. on three Class C Felony charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon—Domestic Violence, and five Misdemeanor charges; three of them for Menacing—Domestic Violence, and two for weapon violations.

Although Colbert is still facing substantial charges, he was promptly released from custody by the “justice system” the day after the incident, on March 20. Release Reason: Close Street Supervision.

March 16
Gunshots in Argay Terrace

Officers are again called to NE Prescott Drive to investigate gunfire in the area.

Along of row houses – mostly rentals owned by a variety of owners – along NE Prescott Drive near 129th Avenue, has been the location for numerous shootings over the years.

Last Saturday evening, March 16, at 9:48 p.m. PPB North Precinct officers were dispatched there on yet another “Shots Fired” call. It didn’t take long for a three PPB officers, and two Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies to arrive at the address.

Some officers keep people out of the area while others look for evidence.

“I don’t know why people have to keep shooting up our neighborhood, right here along Prescott [Street] a neighbor remarked to East Portland News while watching officers searching for evidence.

Apparently, no one was injured in this incident.

If you have information about this case, and haven’t spoken with police, email it to, and make reference to Incident No. 24-65234.

Follow up:
Suspect arrested in November 2023 Parkrose Heights
fatal shooting

Police investigated a shooting outside a unit in the 111-Weidler apartment complex last November. East Portland News archive photo

November 22, 2023 at 3:59 p.m., PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot outside an apartment complex in the 11100 block of NE Weidler Street. Arriving officers found a victim, 40-year-old Nicole Lashawn Davis, dead at the scene.

See our exclusive video coverage of the investigation of this homicide investigation in November, 2023:

PPB Homicide Unit detectives did identify 30-year-old Richard David Simms, Jr., of Portland, as the suspect in this death at that time.

An arrest warrant was issued for Simms for Murder in the Second Degree. With the assistance of U.S. Marshals, Simms was finally located, and a plan was made to safely take him safely into custody.

Portland Police Tactical unit officers prepare to arrest the wanted suspect.

On March 19, members of the PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team, and the Enhanced Community Safety Team, assisted the Homicide Unit in serving a search warrant at an address, and arresting Simms for the 2023 murder.

Simms was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 8:52 a.m. that morning on five Felony charges, including the Class A Felony of Murder in the Second Degree—Domestic Violence; as well as a Misdemeanor charge of Attempt to Elude on Foot during his capture. Simms will also face two additional Felony weapons charges.

Currently, Simms is being held, without bail at Inverness Jail.

If you have information about this case, contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092; or, Detective Brian Sims at 503-823-2079 and reference Case No. 23-303557.

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That wraps up the 197th edition of “Weekly Shooting Reports” at East Portland News. As shootings continue in our neighborhoods, we’ll keep reporting on them for you. CLICK HERE to find out why our weekly “Shooting Report” articles began, and why they continue.

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