Police ‘Gun Team’ makes arrest, in Sumner neighborhood

It seems that this ‘proactive patrolling’ has helped take another gun off outer East Portland streets …

Portland Police Bureau officers stop a vehicle for the probable cause of being linked to gun violence – this time, in the Sumner neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

With the increase of gun violence along 82nd Avenue of Roses, members of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) have been performing “proactive patrols” in the area – from the Lents neighborhood in the south, north into the Sumner neighborhood.

On Thursday evening, February 20, at about 7:30 p.m., GVRT officers were on the lookout along NE 82nd Avenue near Killingsworth Street, and conducted a traffic stop at 87th and Sumner.

“Once the vehicle was stopped, two passengers jumped out and ran in opposite directions,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Nola Watts.

“The driver remained in the vehicle, and one of the passengers that jumped out was detained by a GVRT officer after a short chase.”

This is the Glock 17 pistol – it holds 17 rounds in the standard magazine of powerful 9 mm ammo – officers say they believe was discarded as he tried to elude them.

Officers set up a containment perimeter, and called in a PPB police dog team to find the second passenger, later identified as 19-year-old Albert Lawrence Goldsby. “He was found hiding behind a nearby home’s shed; GVRT officers re-tracked the path Goldsby took when eluding police, and located a Glock 17 pistol,” Watts said.

Facing gun charges is 19-year-old Albert Lawrence Goldsby. MCDC booking photo

Goldsby was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:58 p.m. that evening on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

At his arraignment, Goldsby learned that his charges would carry a combined bail of $5,500 – but also was ordered to be held at the MCDC, without bail.

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