Portland Police’s new ‘FIT’ officers take to the street

Week #80 Shooting Report | EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: See a Portland Police Bureau FIT officer comment, as he takes on a new role, and heads out on patrol. Also, learn about outer East Portland shootings and see the week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’ – it’s all right here …

Portland Police Bureau’s new Focused Intervention Team (FIT) officers, and command staff, prepare to roll out on their first day on the streets.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Although the vast proportion of the Rose City’s shootings, and gunshot deaths, occur in outer East Portland, the newly-created Portland Police Bureau (PPB) “Focused Intervention Team” (FIT) officers and command staff rolled out for their first night shift on January 19 in North Portland – deployed from their North Precinct facilities.

>> Later in this report, see what’s been learned about three “Shooting – with Weapon” incidents we’ve followed this week. And view the ‘Shots Fired Log’ to see where violent people have been shooting their guns this week.

PPB’s FIT crew rolls out

PPB Chief of Police Chuck Lovell answers questions, as the new FIT squad goes into action.

The new unit’s Community Oversight Group (COG) has been meeting, formulating the mission, and crafting the duties of the FIT unit since June of last year. Finally, the selected FIT officers were transferred from their previous duties to the squad on January 6th.

>> To see our coverage illustrating some of FIT officers’ second day of training, CLICK HERE.

Reporters were called to the PPB North Precinct facility, located in the King neighborhood at NE Killingsworth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, for an impromptu press conference. East Portland News was there to cover it – and bring you some of the remarks by PPB Chief of Police Chuck Lovell.

“It’s taken a while, but we want to do it right,” Chief Lovell told reporters.

Of the officers who were selected, Lovell said, “I’m very happy that they’ve chosen to do this work; then go through the selection process, and complete the additional training.”

He added, “The Community Oversight Group will lend support that we haven’t had in the past.”

Off goes another FIT officer, out on patrol.

The most significant challenge, he said, “is to do this work safely. We have a lot of shootings, and a lot of people have guns.”

>> Watch this video and see an exclusive interview with newly-certified PPB FIT Officer Chris Baten, as he headed out for his first shift, as well as remarks by Chief Chuck Lovell …

 

~ Three shooting calls, one wounded victim ~

Gunshot victim wounded in Centennial neighborhood
January 15
SE Haig Street near 162nd Avenue

An ambulance rolls away from the scene of a shooting in the Centennial neighborhood.

A couple of blocks north of Powell Butte Nature Park, PPB East Precinct officers arrived on January 15 at 11:01 a.m. to this “Shooting – with Weapon” call.

Officers did indeed find a shooting at this location.

“Preliminary information is that a victim was injured and went to the hospital by ambulance with injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told us. “A PPB officer applied a tourniquet to the shooting victim, and the paramedics arrived.”

Although booked on Class C Felony charge, 37-year-old Jeremiah Santos Isezaki was released the day after he was arrested. Why no MCDC booking photo here? Due to the passage of House Bill 3273, sponsored and championed by Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum (Democrat – Happy Valley), and Representative Brad Witt (Democrat – Clatskanie), the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, nor any other Oregon police agency, may release any booking photos.

Officers arrested 37-year-old Jeremiah Santos Isezaki, of Portland. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 6:30 p.m. that evening on charges of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Isezaki was released from custody the next day, on January 16. Release Reason: Bail.

Members of the PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) continues to investigate this incident. If you have information about this shooting, please reference Case No. 22-13408 when you email tips to crimetips@ portlandoregon.gov; please put ECST in the “Subject” line.

Shootings not found at two calls

PPB officers respond to every “Shooting – with Weapon” and “Shots Fired” call they receive; but sometimes, like this week, some are not really shooting incidents. These were two of them:

January 15 at 12:27 a.m.
8300 block of SE Powell Boulevard
Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood
“In this instance, there was no shooting,” informed Sgt. Allen. “A person was having a mental health crisis, but refused assistance from officers and paramedics.”

January 16 at 5:08 a.m.
SE Division Street at 79th Avenue
Montavilla, at Portland Community College SE Campus
“This shooting report was unfounded,” Sgt. Allen told East Portland News. “Someone reported that a person had been shot; however, officers were unable to locate any evidence of a shooting, a victim, or crime scene.”

~ SHOTS FIRED LOG ~

In daylight and in darkness, Portland Police officers are called to look into shooting calls.

Good news! A mere 33 “Shots Fired” calls this week across our neighborhoods sent officers out looking for evidence, which is sometimes not found.

January 12
22-10833    01/12/2022 @ 18:34:30     5100 Block of SE 62ND AVE
22-10927    01/12/2022 @ 20:36:38     SE 77TH AVE / SE HAROLD ST
22-11031    01/12/2022 @ 23:03:19     13400 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
22-11032    01/12/2022 @ 23:04:05     10700 Block of NE KNOTT ST

January 13
22-11081    01/13/2022 @ 00:23:48     1800 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-01430    01/13/2022 @ 00:24:14     SE 162ND AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
22-11177    01/13/2022 @ 04:12:31     SE 76TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-11312    01/13/2022 @ 08:22:54     NE 78TH AVE / NE SANDY BLVD
22-10833    01/12/2022 @ 18:34:30     5100 Block of SE 62ND AVE
22-01527    01/13/2022 @ 18:32:31     600 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-11923    01/13/2022 @ 19:30:32     NE 160TH AVE / NE HALSEY ST

January 14
22-12110    01/14/2022 @ 00:29:58     100 Block of NE 146TH AVE
22-12790    01/14/2022 @ 18:50:15     2600 Block of SE 136TH AVE
22-12813    01/14/2022 @ 19:13:46     2700 Block of SE 89TH AVE
22-12880    01/14/2022 @ 20:28:04     4700 Block of NE 97TH AVE

January 15
22-13170    01/15/2022 @ 02:55:32     1700 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-13199    01/15/2022 @ 03:43:38     SE 77TH AVE / SE DUKE ST
22-13680    01/15/2022 @ 17:38:43     11500 Block of SE HAROLD ST
22-13702    01/15/2022 @ 18:09:37     12300 Block of SE SHERMAN ST
22-13713    01/15/2022 @ 18:23:42     5000 Block of SE 118TH AVE

January 16
22-14051    01/16/2022 @ 04:25:43     5500 Block of SE 72ND AVE
22-14066    01/16/2022 @ 05:03:01     4100 Block of NE 130TH PL
22-14079    01/16/2022 @ 05:39:39     2700 Block of SE 148TH AVE
22-14734    01/16/2022 @ 21:54:06     17800 Block of NE MARINE DR

January 17
22-15110    01/17/2022 @ 10:04:39     13100 Block of SE LONG ST
22-15462    01/17/2022 @ 17:09:00     3300 Block of NE 84TH AVE
22-15479    01/17/2022 @ 17:29:58     SE KNAPP ST/SE MT SCOTT BLVD
22-15638    01/17/2022 @ 21:35:02     400 Block of SE 157TH AVE
22-15643    01/17/2022 @ 21:42:06     3100 Block of SE 136TH AVE
22-15663    01/17/2022 @ 22:16:05     7600 Block of SE HENDERSON ST

January 18
22-15761    01/18/2022 @ 01:07:55     9100 Block of NE IRVING ST
22-16544    01/18/2022 @ 18:39:49     NE 70TH AVE / NE WYGANT ST
22-16551    01/18/2022 @ 18:48:09     12600 Block of SE POWELL BLVD

We wish success to those out working to reduce shootings along our neighborhood streets – the men and women in the PPB’s new Focused Intervention Team.

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