Shots ring out in outer East Portland; witnesses clam up

There are bullet holes in the siding of this Glenfair neighborhood apartment building, but police get little cooperation, even after arresting suspects …

Officers block traffic heading westbound on East Burnside Street from SE 162nd Avenue, in outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The sound of gunshots in the Glenfair neighborhood, sadly, is no longer news. But that’s what drew Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District officers to the area of 158th Avenue and East Burnside Street at 7:24 p.m. on September 9.

“As officers were responding to the scene, a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a young man running with a gun,” recounted PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “The person was described as an African American male, 18 to 20 years old, wearing a blue T-shirt and tan shorts. Witnesses described seeing a second African American male in a white T-shirt also running from the area.”

Police vehicles from Portland, Gresham, and Fairview join in the search for the reported gunmen.

Within minutes 29 units, including five PPB K9 teams, and officers from East Precinct, Transit Police Division, the Gang Enforcement Team, the Fairview Police Department, and the Gresham Police Department, all had responded to this “shots fired” call.

Some officers closed off westbound East Burnside Street at 162nd Avenue, others fanned out through the neighborhood.

In the twilight and the encroaching darkness, PPB Gang Enforcement Team members and officers searched for victims, as well as for an identifiable “crime scene” to investigate.

As the investigation unfolds, police tape blocks off apartment complexes along East Burnside Street.

It wasn’t long until yellow police tape closed off the entrance to the Terri Lee Apartments at 15853 East Burnside Street.

Overhearing conversations at a distance, officers and gang unit investigators received little cooperation from people in the area, drawn out of their residences on a warm summer evening because of the police activity.

Officers continue searching for additional evidence.

“An apartment [building] in that block suffered damage from gunfire, but there are no reported injuries,” Simpson later commented.

PPB K9 teams tracked scents north and east, heading across SE 162nd Avenue,

Officers found a shirt, presumable discarded by one of the suspects, at the apartment building at 111 NE 162nd Avenue. The manhunt continued east, focusing on the Greenwood Village Apartments on the north side of NE 162nd Avenue.

After finding a suspect hiding under a car, in an apartment complex east of SE 162nd Avenue, officers moved in for an arrest – and found a gun nearby.

After an extensive search, officers detained two people – one of them found hiding under a car – and seized a firearm.

Police arrest 22-year-old Shawndell Leandre Deshazo, charging him with a firearms violation. MCDC booking photo

At 4:10 a.m. on September 10, 22-year-old Shawndell Leandre Deshazo was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and he remains in custody in lieu of $2,500 bail. Deshazo is also being held, without bail on a charge of Parole Violation.

“17-year-old Marcus Rudolph was arrested in the area, and charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon,” Simpson reported. Because Rudolph is a minor, his booking information is not available.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Todd Teats at 503-823-2137, todd.teats@portlandoregon.gov.

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