One wounded in Hazelwood shooting

INCLUDES INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Week #178 Shooting Report | Another week; another person wounded in outer East Portland; another accused shooter back on the streets. Good news: A tip leads Portland Police to arrest an illegally-armed felon …

After a shooting is reported, police arrive at this quiet residential street in the Hazelwood neighborhood to investigate – and, eventually, to arrest a suspect.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Of the three major shooting incidents this week, one of them was in outer East Portland; the other two – one of them a gunshot homicide – were both on November 7 in the St. Johns neighborhood.

November 4
Shooting in Gateway District wounds one

Near the location of the shooting, an officer talks with a “person of interest” on NE 111th Avenue.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officials aren’t saying much about a “Shooting-with Weapon” call on November 4 in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

The call, dispatched at 9:53 p.m., was along NE 111th Avenue, between Halsey and Oregon Streets

It didn’t take long for 16 officers to arrive at the scene, closing off the street just south of where 111th Avenue and 110th Avenue split off.

This PPB sergeant makes notes at the scene.

While numerous patrol vehicles were in the area, the PPB’s Mobile Command Center wasn’t sent to this shooting incident, indicating that it wasn’t yet considered a homicide. An ambulance had arrived, but later departed.

Watch as police investigators look into this shooting:

PPB officers and members of the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) were focusing on a house located on the east side of the street.

“We can tell you that PPB officers responded to reports of a shooting,” PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner told East Portland News the next day.

“Officers found a victim, with non-life-threatening injuries,” Benner reported – adding that an arrest had been made.

It’s not known if this man, shown here being detained, is indeed the shooting suspect, 30-year-old Paul Wesley Olson – because official booking photos are no longer allowed to be shown to the public.

30-year-old Paul Wesley Olson was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on November 5 at 3:02 a.m. on two Felony charges: Assault in the second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was also charged with four Misdemeanor charges including Assault in the Fourth Degree, Reckless Endangerment, plus two firearm violations.

Two days later, on November 7, a judge “released” all Felony and Misdemeanor charges against Olson and he walked out of the MCDC – without bail. Release Reason: Close Street Supervision.

If you have information about this shooting, and haven’t spoken with investigators, email it to reference Case No. 23-288585.

November 3
Anonymous tip leads police to a felon, with guns, (lots of guns) in Madison South

A PPB FIT officers gets supplies from the back of the vehicle after a felon is caught with guns, and arrested.

Does Crime Stoppers of Oregon really work? Members of the PPB’s FIT say yes, indeed, because an anonymous tip left at the website led to the seizure of four firearms, drugs, and the arrest of a suspect.

On November 3, FIT officers acted on that tip about a criminal with guns – lots of guns.

Within an hour of receiving the tip, FIT officers located the subject, 35-year-old David Joseph Oliver – who had an active felony warrant – near NE 92nd Avenue and Halsey Street. When FIT squad approached Oliver, he shrugged them off and walked away, but officers tracked him down and arrested him.

Three guns seized from Oliver include this black AR15 rifle with scope, vertical foregrip, and clear large-capacity magazine with visible ammunition, a black and tan semiautomatic pistol with magazine, and a .22 caliber revolver with detached grip. PPB image

Officers found a loaded AR-15 rifle, with scope, and two pistols in Oliver’s vehicle. One of the pistols was reported stolen. A follow-up investigation led to the seizure of an AR-15 style pistol. Oh yes, officers seized batch of methamphetamine, too.

Here’s a fully-loaded AR15 rifle that was found in the back seat the suspect’s car. Serious business, indeed.

Oliver was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 9:41 p.m. on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (4 counts), Unlawful Possession of Short-Barreled Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3 counts), Theft in the First Degree, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code, 2 counts), and Possession of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine-Felony. He was also booked on his warrant.

Being held on five of the Felony charges and one of the Misdemeanor charges; a judge “released” all of the other charges against Oliver. However, due to the outstanding warrant, Oliver is still in the Inverness Jail, without bail.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters remain anonymous. To find out more about this community-donation-supported organization, or to submit a tip: CLICK HERE.

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