Parkrose shooting leads to murder investigation

This is why NE Sandy Boulevard was closed, due to police activity, in this outer East Portland neighborhood. It looks as if the suspect later committed suicide … 

This thoroughfare in the Parkrose neighborhood is blocked off, after two men are shot – one of them fatally. Courtesy of KATU-2 TV

By David F. Ashton

After shots were heard in the Parkrose neighborhood on August 12, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 5:48 a.m. to the 11500 block of NE Sandy Boulevard.

“Responding officers found two people who had apparently been shot,” a PPB spokesperson told us. “One person was deceased, the other was transported to the hospital by ambulance.”

First officers, then homicide detectives, come to investigate yet another deadly shooting in outer East Portland. Courtesy of KATU-2 TV

Alleged shooter kills self
The day after the shooting homicide, August 13,  PPB Homicide Division detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect in this case. During their investigation, detectives developed information that the suspect worked in Vancouver, Washington.

Later that day, a PPB detective traveled to Hazel Dell, to surveil the suspect’s job location NE 78th Street and NE 19th Court. Two other Portland Police detectives contacted the Vancouver Police Department to provide information about this case.

Attempting to arrest the murder suspect were members of the SW Washington Regional SWAT Team. Image courtesy of Clark County Today

About 5:00 p.m. that day, members of the SW Washington Regional SWAT group were called to assist PPB detectives taking the suspect into custody.

According to Sgt. Brent Waddell of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, when contacted, the suspect ran into a building and barricaded himself inside a bathroom.

Crisis negotiators attempted coax the man into surrendering, but he refused; and, after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

PPB Homicide Division detectives believe this suspect was the only suspect in this incident.

Victim identified
On August 14, PPB officials said the homicide victim was identified as 24-year-old James Richard Greenwood.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office stated that the cause of Greenwood’s death was gunshot wound, the manner of his death was homicide. the other person suffering gunshot wounds is expected to survive.

Suspect later identified
The suspect in this case was later identified as Ryan Michael Allen, 29, of Portland.

PPB homicide detectives are investigating this case; those with information are asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at, or by phone at 503-823-4033; or Detective Shaye Samora, by email, at, or call 503-823-0768.

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