Man murdered in Gresham; shootings continue across outer East Portland

Week #73 Shooting Report | Bullets continue to fly, as shooting havoc continues in our neighborhoods. See this week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’ for activity near you …

Across outer East Portland, law enforcement officers continue to be called to investigate shooting incidents.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

First, the bad news:
Just across the eastern boundary line of the City of Portland, a man was shot and killed at a Gresham park. And, armed ruffians held up a restaurant/lounge in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

Then some good news:
Officers took a stash of guns, and fake narcotics, off our streets, in Lents.

Gresham Police investigate shooting murder of 24-year-old man

On the evening of November 28 Gresham Police Department officers investigate a shooting at a city park, near the eastern border of Portland.

Our neighbors who live in the Wilkes, Glenfair, and Centennial neighborhoods are keenly aware that there is no boundary, magical or otherwise, that keeps violent criminals with guns from committing shooting mayhem on our streets.

Because the dividing line between Portland’s and Gresham’s city limits meanders north and south from roughly at SE 162nd Avenue in some areas, to 172nd Avenue in others, even residents are unclear about in which city they are driving.

On November 28, officers from the Gresham Police Department (GPD) were dispatched at 8:43 p.m. for a “Shooting-with Weapon” in Pat Pfeifer Park, at 424 NE 172nd Avenue, just east of the Wilkes Community Group neighborhood.

Gresham Police ask for help in solving the murder of this man, 24-year-old Jose Juan Santos-Elias. GPD provided image

“Medical personnel and officers arrived, finding a man suffering from a gunshot wound,” a GPD spokesperson said. That man, later identified as 24-year-old Jose Juan Santos-Elias of Portland, later died from his injury.

The East County Major Crimes Team was called in to lead the investigation. Later, officials revealed that the Medical Examiner’s office determined Santos-Elias died as a result of being shot, and ruled the death a homicide.

No arrests have been made in this case; detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting, and are asking for any additional witnesses to please call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

Suspected armed robbers arrested in Powellhurst-Gilbert

Early on November 28th the usual calm conviviality of a longtime restaurant and lounge in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood was shattered, when gunmen arrived to rob it, early Sunday morning.

Near closing time on November 28 patrons of The Daily Planet – on SE Powell Boulevard, just east of SE 112th Avenue – said they were shocked when two men rushed in brandishing guns, and robbed their neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Some of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers, who were dispatched at 1:17 a.m., went inside, while others waited for a radio call describing the getaway vehicle.

After closing off neighborhood streets, officers chase down, on foot, fleeing armed robbery suspects.

A PPB official said that officers located, and then pursued, a vehicle matching the descriptions given by witnesses. The suspects ditched the vehicle and ran off, but officers swiftly took both of them into custody.

In addition to nabbing the two suspects, officers also found a gun that matched the description of the weapon that witnesses said was used during the robbery.

Accused in this armed robbery, and facing multiple Felony charges, is 47-year-old Jeramy Lee Thomas. MCDC booking photo

Officers arrested 47-year-old Jeramy Lee Thomas and booked him into the Multnomah County detention Center (MCDC) at 5:32 a.m. that morning on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Driving, and Attempt to Elude by a Vehicle –plus an unrelated warrant.

At his arraignment later that day, Thomas learned he’d also face an additional charge of Robbery in the Second Degree, in addition to the others; however, the judged dropped the Reckless Driving charge. Nonetheless, Thomas remains lodged in MCDC in lieu of $587,500 combined bail.

Also charged with armed robbery, and facing multiple Felony charges as well, is 22-year-old Jordan Ray McClure. MCDC booking photo

His alleged partner in crime, 22-year-old Jordan Ray McClure, was booked into the MCDC at 5:52 a.m. that morning on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, as well as an unrelated warrant.

At his arraignment McClure also learned he’d picked up the additional charge of Robbery in the Second Degree, in addition to the other charges. McClure also is still in jail at the MCDC in lieu of $512,500 combined bail.

This investigation is ongoing; if you can help with tips, email information to; and reference Case No. 21-332104.

Bust in Lents yields guns, (fake) drugs

An officer takes cover, while others approach a car in which guns are seen.

On November 27, PPB East Precinct night shift officers contacted a person in a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Del Rancho Motel, on SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, just south of SE Flavel street, on the western edge of the Lents neighborhood.

“The officers immediately saw items; specifically, guns, in the vehicle and detained the sole occupant,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told East Portland News.

Guns, lots of guns, along with ammo and “silencers” that were found by officers are taken as evidence from the suspect’s car. PPB image

These pills look like OxyContin, officials say, but they are likely bogus.

“The subject had a loaded pistol in his waistband,” he continued. “In the vehicle was another pistol, a rifle, two silencers, numerous gun magazines, ammo, and a couple hundred tablets; suspected-to-be-fake OxyContin pills.”

Although this man will have to answer for weapons charges, 31-year-old Jared Colton Davidson wasn’t booked on drug distribution charges; the pills he had were phony. MCDC booking photo

Although the subject, 31-year-old Jared Colton Davidson, is not a convicted felon, he was booked into the MCDC that morning at 2:08 a.m. on two counts of Unlawful possession weapon (silencer) requiring federal registration; Unlawful possession of firearms; and, Unlawful possession of loaded firearm in public.

Although charged with two Felony counts and Misdemeanors, Davidson was released, without bail, on November 29. Release Reason: Court Ordered Release.

December 1:
3 ‘Shots Fired’ calls dispatched in one hour

On one night along PPB staff, including this sergeant, are dispatched to multiple “Shots Fired” calls.

On December 1, both PPB North and East Precinct, officers were sent to calls, one after another.

Parkrose The first two calls, the evening of December 1st, were in Parkrose. Dispatched at 8:18 p.m. to NE Shaver Street at NE 109th Avenue, officers didn’t find any evidence of shots being fired.

ParkroseThen, at 8:49 p.m. other officers were sent to the area of NE Sandy Boulevard near 119th Avenue to look into a “Shots Fired” call at the Value Inn motel.

“One bullet went into the living room window of the ‘manager’s apartment’, connected to the motel at that location,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard said. “The apartment was occupied at the time. The bullet pierced a window and a wall,” he told East Portland News.

This shooting remains under investigation. If you can provide investigators with a tip, email information to; and reference Case No. 21-336019.

Powellhurst-Gilbert – at 9:14 p.m. East Precinct officers were dispatched the area of SE 125th Avenue and Taggart Street on a “Shot Fired” call.

“This was a possibly-related vehicle that was stopped,” Lt. Sheppard informed. “No one was arrested for this shooting, shooting, but investigators are following up,” he added.

Have a tip for the detectives? Email it to; and be sure to reference Case No. 21-336036.


Usually outer East Portland sees the greatest number of “Shots Fired” calls. This week, about 65% of these calls were in other areas of the city. At many of the reported incidents, officers do not find evidence of shots having actually been fired.

November 19
21-323715       11/19/2021 07:27:48   NE 82ND AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
21-323855       11/19/2021 10:44:11   18200 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
21-324293       11/19/2021 19:48:27   2500 Block of NE 117TH AVE
21-324304       11/19/2021 20:01:35   12300 Block of SE MADISON ST
21-324377       11/19/2021 21:52:15   7700 Block of SE 92ND AVE
21-324522       11/19/2021 23:47:22   NE 92ND AVE / NE SANDY BLVD

November 20
21-324648       11/20/2021 03:35:41   12500 Block of SE DIVISION ST
21-325211       11/20/2021 17:29:46   600 Block of SE 162ND AVE
21-325382       11/20/2021 20:16:15   15000 Block of SE RHONE ST
21-325417       11/20/2021 21:04:38   2600 Block of SE 145TH AVE

November 21
21-325605       11/21/2021 00:19:48   SE 148TH AVE / SE STARK ST
21-325617        11/21/2021 00:28:45   SE 108TH PL / SE HOLGATE BLVD
21-048575       11/21/2021 02:01:37   17500 Block of SE STARK ST
21-325708       11/21/2021 02:44:27   2100 Block of SE TENINO ST
21-326118        11/21/2021 15:16:30   14800 Block of SE FOSTER RD
21-326235       11/21/2021 18:45:38   2500 Block of SE 109TH AVE
21-326364       11/21/2021 23:59:44   SE 136TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD

November 22
21-326469       11/22/2021 02:11:33   00 Block of NE 84TH AVE
21-326493       11/22/2021 03:09:54   7300 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
21-326235       11/21/2021 18:45:38   2500 Block of SE 109TH AVE
21-327323       11/22/2021 23:06:51   12500 Block of SE POWELL BLVD

November 23
21-327373       11/23/2021 00:26:26   SE 91ST AVE / SE STARK ST
21-327377       11/23/2021 00:33:42   NE 95TH AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
21-058641       11/23/2021 19:00:45   SE JENNE RD / SE CIRCLE AVE
21-328183       11/23/2021 19:17:17   9800 Block of SE WASHINGTON ST
21-328250       11/23/2021 20:59:14   12000 Block of SE ASH ST
21-328333       11/23/2021 22:31:57   SE 122ND AVE / SE POWELL BLVD

November 24
21-328947       11/24/2021 14:26:42   4200 Block of NE 133RD AVE
21-329214       11/24/2021 20:12:27   7100 Block of SE 87TH AVE
21-049100      11/24/2021 23:45:30   NE 162ND AVE / NE WASCO ST

November 25
21-330071       11/25/2021 20:16:45   5700 Block of SE 74TH AVE
21-330082      11/25/2021 20:35:45   1000 Block of SE 135TH AVE
21-330191       11/25/2021 22:50:35   SE 162ND AVE / SE LINCOLN ST

November 26
21-330317       11/26/2021 03:13:51   13900 Block of SE CENTER ST
21-330430      11/26/2021 08:54:10   SE 130TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
21-330854      11/26/2021 17:53:36   4200 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-331072       11/26/2021 22:44:57   900 Block of NE 128TH AVE

November 27
21-331168       11/27/2021 00:56:59   NE 148TH AVE / NE MARINE DR
21-331238       11/27/2021 03:06:22   3700 Block of SE 99TH AVE
21-331943       11/27/2021 21:23:51   1900 Block of SE 139TH AVE
21-332764       11/28/2021 17:41:03   7500 Block of SE FLAVEL ST
21-332841       11/28/2021 19:08:16   100 Block of SE 106TH AVE

November 29
21-333114       11/29/2021 00:16:28   14800 Block of SE RHINE CT
21-333553       11/29/2021 12:46:03   18200 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
21-333564       11/29/2021 13:02:18   8200 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
21-333764       11/29/2021 17:17:36   4500 Block of NE 115TH AVE
21-333779       11/29/2021 17:37:01   NE 87TH AVE / NE KILLINGSWORTH ST
21-334000       11/29/2021 22:28:14   200 Block of NE 92ND PL

November 30
21-334097       11/30/2021 00:54:29   NE 82ND AVE / NE BEECH ST
21-334191       11/30/2021 04:14:12   NE FREMONT ST / NE 88TH AVE
21-334244       11/30/2021 06:39:42   6200 Block of SE 71ST AVE
21-334393       11/30/2021 09:49:11   18200 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
21-334426       11/30/2021 10:14:47   13400 Block of SE HAROLD ST
21-335021       11/30/2021 20:43:44   11400 Block of NE FREMONT CT

December 1
21-335172       12/01/2021 00:06:25   11400 Block of SE HAROLD ST
21-335203       12/01/2021 01:06:47   1100 Block of NE 157TH AVE
21-335210       12/01/2021 01:20:27   12300 Block of NE SISKIYOU ST
21-335227       12/01/2021 02:09:34   10700 Block of SE KNIGHT ST
21-335243       12/01/2021 02:41:45   NE 143RD AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
21-335811       12/01/2021 16:54:24   SE MILL ST / SE 138TH AVE
21-335995       12/01/2021 20:18:22   10900 Block of NE SHAVER ST
21-336019       12/01/2021 20:49:16   11900 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
21-336036       12/01/2021 21:14:16   12500 Block of SE TAGGART ST
21-336109       12/01/2021 22:45:29   SE 65TH AVE / SE OGDEN ST
21-336129       12/01/2021 23:21:59   15100 Block of SE TIBBETTS ST
21-336142       12/01/2021 23:31:45   NE 148TH AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
21-336149       12/01/2021 23:41:32   2900 Block of NE 77TH PL

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As long as shots are fired near or at residents of East Portland, East Portland News will continue to bring you the details right here each week.

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