Lots of guns confiscated, but outer East Portland shootings continue

Week #79 Shooting Report | Good news: There weren’t any shooting deaths this week; bad news: shooting-related injuries continue unrelentingly. And, you’ll be amazed at the length of this week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’ …

Because shootings continue in outer East Portland, from Pleasant Valley to Argay Terrace, officers tirelessly turn out to investigate – and sometimes, to confiscate illegal guns.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It’s distressing, but probably not surprising, that violence by vicious people with guns didn’t show signs of subsiding this week in outer East Portland, although officers were able to take more than a dozen illegally-possessed firearms out of circulation.

>> Read on to learn about this huge illegal gun confiscation, as well as this week’s shooting incidents, and to see where shooting is taking place, in our “Shots Fired Log”.

Disturbance leads to many guns seized in Argay Terrace

Officers close off a driveway leading into a large apartment complex, when a disturbance ends in shots fired.

Just three blocks east of where a New Years Day early morning shooting had left two gunshot victims dead, PPB North Precinct officers were dispatched on January 9 at 9:09 p.m. to a “Disturbance – Priority”. It was in the 13400 block of NE Sandy Boulevard, at the Images Columbia apartment complex.

That dispatch soon turned into a “Shots Fired” call when gunshots were heard during a disturbance. Officers captured a video of the suspect, and compiled witness descriptions.

Thirty minutes later, while patrolling, a North Precinct sergeant located the suspect vehicle. After coordinating a high-risk traffic stop, officers saw that the front passenger was wearing what appeared to be the same clothing as the suspect in the video.

In addition to bullets and casings, officers say they found this menacing-looking firearm hidden away in the car. PPB image

When the front passenger got out of the car, officers found two spent bullet shell casings in his pocket, and a live round on the floorboard where he sat. More chillingly, officers also found a magazine with bullets – ones that can pierce body armor – in the vehicle, as well as a firearm, hidden underneath a jacket on the back seat.

An additional handgun was also found in the vehicle.

Although booked on one Felony charge and three Misdemeanor charges, 30-year-old William Charles Nickson Sr. didn’t spend a day in jail. Why no MCDC booking photo here? Due to the passage of House Bill 3273, sponsored and championed by Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum (Democrat – Happy Valley), and Representative Brad Witt (Democrat – Clatskanie), the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and no other Oregon police agency, can not release any booking photos.

Officers arrested 30-year-old William Charles Nickson Sr., and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center on January 10 at 3:13 a.m. The charges include Reckless Endangering of Another Person, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon – a Class C Felony.

At his arraignment, Nickson learned he’d also face additional Misdemeanor charges of Possessing a Loaded Firearm, and Discharging a Firearm in the City. However, before the day was over, Nickson had been released by a judge, without having to post bail. Release Reason: Court Release on Recognizance.

Police recover more firearms

Take a look at this: more than a dozen guns, illegally possessed, taken off the streets. PPB photo

Although PPB officials declined to describe the circumstances of the gun recoveries – the ones in addition to the firearms taken on January 9 – confiscated from January 7 to January 10 – officers did obtain 13 additional firearms, including a pistol that featured a device to make it fully automatic.

Shootings continue across Portland

More shootings, more investigations. This repetitive cycle seems never-ending.

In addition to these three outer East Portland shootings this week (not counting the tragic Hazelwood murder/suicide incident reported here separately), three further shooting incidents with injuries took place this week in other areas of Portland.

January 6
Self-inflicted shooting wound in Pleasant Valley

At 2:11 p.m. that afternoon, officers were dispatched on a “Shooting – with Weapon” call to the 6500 block of SE 128th Avenue, just north of SE Claybourne Street. “In this instance, officers were assisting a person who had shot themselves in the hand,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen.

January 7
Man seriously wounded in Centennial daytime robbery/shooting

Officers look into what they believe is an armed robbery gone amiss, in the Centennial neighborhood.

At 9:41 a.m. that morning, East Precinct officers were dispatched to the 16300 Block of SE Division Street on a “Shooting – with Weapon” call.

“An adult male victim was shot in the torso, and received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” Sgt. Allen told East Portland News. “The person was transported to the hospital by ambulance.”

Currently, no suspect information is available, but preliminary information suggests that the shooting happened during a robbery; so, the PPB Robbery Unit detectives are investigating this case. If you have information about this incident, please reference Case No. 22-5614 when you email tips to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

January 9
Wilkes drive-by shooting wounds woman

Officers were relieved to find that the shooting victim in this incident wasn’t seriously wounded.

This “Shooting – with Weapon” call sent North Precinct officers at 8:50 p.m. to the small business cluster in the area of NE Sandy Boulevard at 162nd Avenue.

“Officers found a female victim who had been shot in an extremity,” Sgt. Allen said. “She was conscious and breathing, and the wound did not appear to be life-threatening. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her wound.”

The shots appeared to have originated from an unknown vehicle, he added. “No one has been arrested in this case, at this time.”

Tips help police solve crimes! If you have information about this incident, please reference Case No. 22-7882 when you email tips to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.


Again this week, outer East Portland came out on top, racking up the most “Shots Fired” calls – 53 of them – this week across the city. Officers don’t necessarily find evidence of actual shootings at all of these calls.

January 5
22-4296           01/05/2022 22:44:02   12800 Block of NE SANDY

January 6       [+ 18 Shots Fired outside our area]
22-5199           01/06/2022 20:31:29   SE 97TH AVE / SE HAROLD ST
22-0696           01/06/2022 22:13:57   2200 Block of NE 166TH DR
22-5311           01/06/2022 23:32:47        SE 141ST AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
22-5313           01/06/2022 23:35:14   4700 Block of SE 92ND AVE

January 7
22-5453           01/07/2022 03:59:46   9400 Block of NE SUNDERLAND AVE
22-6036           01/07/2022 18:48:59   11700 Block of SE OAK ST
22-6142           01/07/2022 22:26:05   SE 112TH AVE / SE HOLGATE BLVD
22-6196           01/07/2022 23:50:04   10700 Block of NE KNOTT ST

January 8
22-6232           01/08/2022 00:46:09   9900 Block of NE GLISAN ST
22-6236           01/08/2022 00:54:16   9500 Block of NE WYGANT ST
22-6289           01/08/2022 02:22:56   NE 122ND AVE / NE GLISAN ST
22-6300           01/08/2022 02:36:29   1400 Block of NE 126TH AVE
22-6302           01/08/2022 02:37:25   8700 Block of NE BRAZEE ST
22-6303           01/08/2022 02:37:34   10700 Block of NE HALSEY ST
22-6333           01/08/2022 03:33:05   10500 Block of NE HALSEY ST

22-6818           01/08/2022 17:29:41   4800 Block of NE 73RD AVE
22-7015           01/08/2022 21:51:15   7400 Block of SE HAROLD ST
22-7064           01/08/2022 22:57:41   SE 85TH AVE / SE MAIN ST
22-7088           01/08/2022 23:38:09   NE 116TH PL / NE HALSEY ST

January 9
22-7161           01/09/2022 01:57:43   8600 Block of NE HALSEY ST
22-7163           01/09/2022 02:05:37   3800 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-7234          01/09/2022 04:33:00   10500 Block of NE RUSSELL CT
22-7245           01/09/2022 04:58:42   NE 92ND AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
22-7672           01/09/2022 16:37:27   200 Block of SE 146TH AVE
22-7731           01/09/2022 17:19:59   NE 122ND AVE / NE SANDY BLVD
22-7882          01/09/2022 20:50:13   NE SANDY BLVD / NE 162ND AVE
22-7919           01/09/2022 21:51:02   4100 Block of SE PARDEE ST
22-7927           01/09/2022 22:07:28   SE 72ND AVE / SE DUKE ST
22-8000          01/09/2022 23:58:47   12500 Block of SE HOLGATE BLVD
22-8008          01/10/2022 00:11:25   5100 Block of SE BUSH ST
22-8011           01/10/2022 00:12:36   4100 Block of NE 130TH PL

January 10
22-8053           01/10/2022 01:22:54   16000 Block of NE GLISAN ST
22-8071           01/10/2022 02:01:47   8700 Block of SE STEELE ST
22-8097           01/10/2022 03:02:42   2200 Block of NE 102ND AVE
22-8818           01/10/2022 20:58:06   SE 137TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-8886           01/10/2022 23:07:10   NE SACRAMENTO ST / NE 93RD AVE
22-8897           01/10/2022 23:23:47   NE SANDY BLVD / NE 131ST PL

January 11
22-8946           01/11/2022 00:38:27   NE 92ND AVE / NE SACRAMENTO ST
22-8971           01/11/2022 01:24:18   16300 Block of SE DIVISION ST
22-9731           01/11/2022 16:37:14   7700 Block of SE ALDER ST
22-9917           01/11/2022 21:06:02   3600 Block of SE 91ST AVE
22-9943           01/11/2022 21:39:25   7600 Block of SE REEDWAY ST
22-9982           01/11/2022 22:26:22   400 Block of NE 100TH AVE
22-10005         01/11/2022 23:02:45   400 Block of NE 100TH AVE

22-10017         01/11/2022 23:29:46   2500 Block of SE 87TH AVE
22-10021         01/11/2022 23:36:15   SE 88TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
22-10034         01/11/2022 23:49:48   13400 Block of NE SANDY BLVD

January 12
22-10060         01/12/2022 00:28:57   NE 109TH AVE / NE FREMONT ST
22-10186         01/12/2022 05:11:09   10200 Block of SE YUKON ST
22-10197         01/12/2022 05:52:33   8600 Block of SE DIVISION ST
22-10226         01/12/2022 06:26:34   SE 88TH AVE / SE MARKET ST

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The publicized new F.I.T. Portland Police team that’s intended to help stem shooting incidents is being deployed this month in East Portland; we certainly wish them luck.

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