Domestic disturbance leads to gun charges

Here’s why what started as family squabble ended up with gunshots fired in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood …

Near the southeast corner of Raymond Park, police arrive to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

A disturbance erupted in a residence on SE 118th Avenue near Raymond Street just as the sun was setting on November 25 – a disturbance that ended up with a gun being fired, and with a man going to jail on felony charges.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were called in a little after 5:00 p.m., and began sorting out the situation.

“When officers arrived, they contacted the victim of a domestic violence assault, as well as several other people who had been inside the residence at the time of the disturbance,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

The victim and witnesses met officers with officers outside the home. “Officers learned an adult male suspect was inside the residence, armed with several guns, and had reportedly struck the victim with the butt of a rifle,” Burley explained.

As officers continued talking with folks outside the house, the suspect came outside. “Officers believe the suspect fired a gun after he came out of the home; officers requested that additional police respond to the location to assist them with the incident and evacuation of nearby residences.

The suspect is taken from the scene by ambulance for an assessment.

“As additional officers responded, the suspect exited the location and ran towards officers, and was taken into custody, and then was taken to an area hospital by ambulance for assessment,” Burley said. “There are no known injuries as a result of the suspect firing a gun.”

Members with the Portland Police Bureau Family Services Division’s Domestic Violence Reduction Unit and Tactical Operation Division’s Gun Violence Response Team responded to assume the investigation.

After being assessed by emergency medical personnel, the domestic disturbance victim, an adult male, was found unhurt and was allowed to remain in the home.

Now in jail, 42-year-old Jason Royal Wicker faces numerous charges stemming from this incident.

Police arrested 42-year-old Jason Royal Wicker, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC), after he was released from the hospital, at 1:13 a.m. on November 26 – and he was booked on charges of Domestic Violence Menacing (two counts), Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts).

At his arraignment later that day, Wicker learned he’d face all of the charges for which he was booked, and he continues to be held at MCDC in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Anyone with information about this investigation or Wicker should contact Detective Karna Barnard at 503-823-0881,

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