Glenfair shooting leads to arrest for ‘attempted murder’

Police say they found bullet holes in several nearby outer East Portland apartment units …

After gunshots frighten residents living in Glenfair neighborhood apartments, police investigate.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After frightened neighbors heard gunshots, and some found bullet holes in walls of their apartments on outer SE Stark Street, several called the 9-1-1 Center, a little before midnight on May 15.

Several Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to the Stark Street Townhomes complex, near SE 157th Avenue at 11:34 p.m., answering the “shots fired” call.

Police officers stand by outside the building while detectives investigate the shooting inside the complex.

“Officers located a crime scene; and an investigation revealed multiple occupied units of an apartment building had bullet holes in them,” confirmed a PPB official. “Luckily, no one had been injured.”

The PPB Gun Violence Reduction Team was summoned to look into the incident. “The investigation suggested there may have been a domestic violence component to the shooting, so PPB Special Victims Unit Detectives (SVU) were notified and took over the investigation,” the official summarized. “Detectives determined the true nexus of this crime was domestic in nature.”

A search warrant was issued, leading to the arrest of the suspected shooter, 35-year-old Renardo Artez Mitchell.

Facing of Attempted Murder/Domestic Violence and other charges is 35-year-old Renardo Artez Mitchell. MCDC booking photo

Mitchell was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on May 17 at 4:17 a.m. on the charges of Domestic Violence, (DV) Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, (DV) Unlawful Use of a Weapon, (DV) Menacing, and (DV) Burglary (first degree).

When booked, Mitchell combined bail for all of the charges totaled $830,000. But after reviewing his case, a judge dismissed one felony and all of the misdemeanor charges against Mitchell, reducing his combined bail amount to $805,000.  However, Mitchell is still lodged at MCDC in lieu of bail.

Domestic violence help is available
Concerning domestic violence, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources on a 24 hour basis a 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County’s Domestic Violence Coordinator’s office: CLICK HERE to see the site.

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