Man dies in Powellhurst-Gilbert bar shooting

Week #179 Shooting Report | A fight in a home leads to shots fired – and a man is dead after gunshots in an east Portland bar . . .

Responding every week to many “Shots Fired” calls, police officers also investigated two notable cases this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

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November 11
Domestic scrap leads to gunfire in Brentwood-Darlington

Portland Police Bureau officers investigate a shooting incident in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, a block west of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses.

A cold hard rain was pelting the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on Saturday evening, November 11, when people started called the 9-1-1 Center to say they’d heard gunshots along SE  Bybee Boulevard near 81st Place.

Six Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to this “Shooting-with Weapon” call at 8:06 p.m., and their first job was to look for a shooting victim, or at least evidence of gunfire.

Officers begin their investigation into a shooting incident on a residential street.

Public Information Manager Mike Benner picked up the story from there for East Portland News. “Officers found some shell casings at the scene.

“Upon further investigation, officers learned there was an altercation inside a home between two people, who were known to one another,” Benner continued. “When one of the two people drove away from the scene is when the reported shots were fired.”

At the scene, officers find “evidence of shooting” in the neighborhood.

No injuries have been established and no arrests have been made. If you have information about this incident, and haven’t yet shared it with investigators, email it to – with a reference to Case No. 23-295282.

November 15
Man dies of wounds suffered in Powellhurst-Gilbert bar shooting

Police cruisers and an ambulance fill SE 122nd Avenue, about a block south of Powell Boulevard, where the shooting took place.

Officials have said little about the shooting at an east Portland establishment at closing time on Wednesday, November 15. It happened a block south of the Division Street Station shopping center.

A half-dozen PPB East Precinct officers were sent to a shooting call at 1:46 a.m. to the business that’s now called Bar 122nd at 2711 SE 122nd Avenue. (It was, until recently, called the Golden Horse Bar & Grill.) It’s a block south of the Division Street Station shopping center.

Officers and detectives gather outside the door of the bar, ready to start their investigation into a shooting there.

“Officers found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound,” a PPB official confirmed to reporters.

Emergency medical first responders were dispatched at the same time as were the police, and shortly they pulled up there. Officers started provided life-saving measures to the victim before the ambulance arrived and he was transported to a local hospital.

Although the man wounded in the shooting is rushed off to local hospital by ambulance, he dies from his injuries.

“The wounded man died at the hospital,” the Portland Police spokesperson stated.

PPB Homicide Unit detectives were then summoned to conduct the investigation. The suspect or suspects with a gun fled the scene before officers arrived.

Officials say it was this man, identified as 25-year-old Justin D. Sartin, also known as Justin Sartin-Scott, who died as a result of being shot. Family provided photo via PPB

The following day, November 16, officials revealed that the homicide victim was identified as 25-year-old Justin D. Sartin, also known as Justin Sartin-Scott. The medical examiner determined that he’d died of homicide by gunshot wound.

So far, no arrests have been made. If you can shed some light on this case, contact Det. Sean Macomber at or 503-823-0404; or, Det. Rico Beniga at or 503-823-0457 – and be sure to refer to Case No. 23-297040.

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