One outer East Portland shooting death, but many ‘Shots Fired’ calls

Week #76 Shooting Report | Christmas Edition | Nasty weather has slowed shooting violence across the city, but doesn’t stop it. However, Homicide Detectives did track down and charge a suspect, after a shooting murder outside a bar this week …

It looks as if there’ll be no ‘Holiday Break’ for Portland Police Bureau officers from all the shootings, as the end of 2021 approaches.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

While typical families are making last-minute preparations to celebrate the Holiday Season, criminals have been loading their guns – ready to shoot, and kill.

This week’s ‘SHOTS FIRED LOG’ again brings you these shooting reports.

December 19
Shooting death outside Mt. Scott-Arleta nightclub

A man is found dead, outside this night club in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

On the western border of the Lents neighborhood, you may recall a shooting months ago that took place at the Shimmers Gentlemen’s Club in the 8000 Block SE Foster Road, in the early hours of July 30. It ended with a man being wounded.

On December 19 Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to the same nightclub at 2:08 a.m., on a report of someone being shot outside the bar. This time they located an adult male victim who was deceased.

Officers secured the scene for members of the PPB Homicide Unit detectives to investigate. “They believe some witnesses may have left the scene without speaking to police,” a PPB spokesperson said at the time.

Homicide detectives Brian Sims and Tony Merrill began working the case, and turned up some leads.

Facing Felony Manslaughter charges in connection with this shooting death is 26-year-old Borissean Thomas Washington. MCDC booking photo

Later that same day, Homicide Unit detectives announced that they’d arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting: 26-year-old Borissean Thomas Washington of Portland. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) 12:15 p.m. on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

By the time he was arraigned, Washington learned the charge of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony with a bail amount of $250,000, had already been released. However, at this writing, Washington remains in custody at the MCDC in lieu of $255,000 combined bail on the other two charges.

What led up to the untimely shooting death of Daquan Taeshawn James Turner is still unknown. Family provided photo

Then, on December 22, PPB officials announced that the murder victim had been identified as 27-year-old Daquan Taeshawn James Turner, of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Officer determined his cause and manner of death to be “homicide by gunshot wound”.

If you have information pertinent to this case, contact the detectives by email to or, and reference Case No. 21-352578.

December 20
Argument leads to afternoon gunfire in Hazelwood

After shots were reported near Lincoln Park, officers respond to investigate.

After neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center about a shooting near the western edge of Lincoln Park, PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to SE Mill Street near 131st Avenue at 2:31 p.m. on December 20.

Due to the nature of the call, medical emergency first-responders were also sent to the scene.

PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard told East Portland News that it appeared that the shooting occurred during an argument between male acquaintances over money and property. “One of the men pulled out a gun which, at some point, went off.”

Officers close off neighborhood streets while they investigate a reported squabble which ended with a gunshot.

“Fortunately, no one was injured, and the paramedics were returned to service,” Lt. Sheppard added. “The suspect left the scene before police were called, and is not in custody; however, this case has been referred to PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST).”

If you can provide information about this incident, send tips via email to, and reference Case No. 21-353909.

December 22
Gunshot victim taken to Hazelwood hospital Emergency Department

Seeking care, after being shot, a victim checks in at this hospital’s Emergency Department.

After a person was taken to the doors of the Adventist Medical Center Emergency Department on December 22 at 7:23 p.m. – and hospital staff had alerted police, as they are required to do by law – PPB officers were dispatched to the hospital.

The wounded person, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries, had little to say to officers who arrived. Due to medical privacy laws, nothing else about this case has been revealed.

If can help solve this case, send a tip via email to, and reference Case No. 21-356040.

Other shooting deaths this week

While East Portland News focuses on just covering incidents that take place in outer East Portland, shooting deaths do take place all over Portland. To the families of the deceased, these murders are just as horrible as ones that may take place near your home or business.

Here are two such examples that caught our eye during this week …

December 18
Shooting death in Eliot neighborhood

This man, 38-year-old Joshua Aaron Byrd, died from a gunshot wound. DMV photo via PPB

Officers were dispatched to North Flint Avenue and North Hancock Street on December 18, at 3:29 p.m., to looking into a shooting. Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined cause and manner of death of Joshua Aaron Byrd to be “homicide by gunshot wound”.

True, this incident’s location is 5.6 miles west of the western border of outer East Portland. But, for reference, the distance from south Powellhurst-Gilbert to the Parkrose neighborhood is about 6 miles.

December 21
Man shot to death in Goose Hollow

About 7 miles west of outer East Portland – about the distance from the Wilkes to the Lents neighborhood – 30-year-old DeAndrae D. Stephens is found shot to death. Family provided photo, via PPB.

Sometime after midnight on December 21 – 6.9 miles west of outer East Portland – 30-year-old DeAndrae D. Stephens was shot to death; police began their investigation at 12:55 a.m. that day. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined his cause and manner of death to be “homicide by gunshot wound”.

Consider this: Does the location of these  shooting murders make them any less tragic for those of us in East Portland?


While we were looking into the latest gun incidents and “Shots Fired” reports, PPB officers told East Portland News that driving rainstorms and bitter cold often slow down the shootings. However, there were still 35 “Shots Fired” calls logged this week to which officers were dispatched. Here they are:

December 16
21-052071       12/16/2021 22:08:34   SE 162ND AVE / SE STARK ST
21-350593       12/16/2021 23:35:37   14800 Block of SE MILL ST

December 17
21-350728       12/17/2021 04:05:34   300 Block of NE 108TH AVE
21-350747       12/17/2021 04:52:25   4500 Block of NE 95TH AVE
21-350966       12/17/2021 10:41:12   SE 82ND AVE / SE POWELL BLVD

December 18
21-351647       12/18/2021 01:06:16   9500 Block of NE WYGANT ST
21-351719       12/18/2021 03:10:55   8400 Block of SE 88TH AVE
21-351864       12/18/2021 08:34:10   SE 102ND AVE/SE WOODSTOCK BLVD
21-351923       12/18/2021 09:58:34   10800 Block of SE COOPER ST
21-052258       12/18/2021 15:34:43   100 Block of NE 172ND AVE
21-352331       12/18/2021 19:35:15   SE KNAPP ST / SE MT SCOTT BLVD
21-352468       12/18/2021 23:12:40   SE 130TH AVE / SE MILL ST

December 19
21-352543       12/19/2021 01:20:51   4500 Block of NE 115TH AVE
21-352611        12/19/2021 03:10:28   SE 136TH AVE / SE HOLGATE BLVD
21-352693       12/19/2021 07:02:33   8800 Block of NE RUSSELL ST
21-352977        12/19/2021 13:53:52   SE 80TH AVE / SE FOSTER RD
21-353131        12/19/2021 17:25:41   7400 Block of SE ELLIS ST
21-353191       12/19/2021 19:07:19   400 Block of SE 99TH AVE
21-353253      12/19/2021 20:38:16   300 Block of NE 87TH AVE
21-353363      12/19/2021 23:23:42   10700 Block of SE CENTER ST

December 20
21-353458       12/20/2021 02:12:15   16300 Block of SE DIVISION ST
21-353493       12/20/2021 03:48:26   12000 Block of SE MARKET ST
21-353826       12/20/2021 13:00:24   14700 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
21-353191       12/19/2021 19:07:19   400 Block of SE 99TH AVE
21-354208       12/20/2021 21:34:23   NE 146TH AVE / NE HALSEY ST
21-354373       12/21/2021 02:47:40   NE 82ND AVE/NE MULTNOMAH ST

December 21
21-354406       12/21/2021 03:32:14   12000 Block of SE ASH ST
21-354415       12/21/2021 03:59:21   4600 Block of NE 84TH AVE
21-355213       12/21/2021 23:24:02   100 Block of SE 160TH AVE
21-355218       12/21/2021 23:28:50   NE 155TH AVE / NE HALSEY ST

December 22
21-355378       12/22/2021 04:06:30   4700 Block of NE 97TH AVE
21-355650       12/22/2021 11:21:15   13500 Block of SE POWELL BLVD

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Well, if cold weather and rain sometimes put a damper on shooting crimes, this coming week let’s see what freezing cold and snow do to hamper criminals’ actions.

A real decline in these gun-related crimes would certainly make it a Happy New Year in outer East Portland.

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