Steakhouse ‘shooter suspect’ arrested

It took a while to solve, but now learn who police believe shot up Bill’s Steak House, in the Parkrose neighborhood, a year ago …

A shooting at this outer East Portland restaurant almost a year ago, leads to in investigation – and now, an arrest.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

This story began on the evening of February 22, 2017, when Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct officers were called to Bill’s Steak House at 10227 NE Sandy Boulevard, after a report of gunshots inside the building.

The PPB Detective Division got to work on the case, and soon developed indications that 39-year-old Brandon J. Frison was a person of interest in the incident that evening.

Police closed off the area a year ago, while the shooting investigation got underway.

“Based on information gathered during this investigation, detectives assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) believe that during the argument, Frison fired a handgun; but, there were no reported injuries as a result of the shooting,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

On February 7 of this year, officers with the PPB Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team swept in, warrant in hand, and arrested Frison at the Shalamar Apartments, in the 13700 block of SE Powell Boulevard.

39-year-old Brandon J. Frison faces four Felony charges, related to the shooting incident. MCDC booking photo

“During a search of Frison’s residence, two firearms and additional evidence were recovered and seized,” Burley said.

Frison was booked into at the Multnomah County Detention Center at 8:07 a.m. on the day of his arrest – on charges of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm”.

When Frison was arraigned on February 8 of this year, the Multnomah County Court judge ordered him to stand trial on a total of seven Felony charges, is being held at MCDC in lieu of $290,000 combined bail – and also a no-bail “County Hold”.

Anyone with further information about this shooting should contact Detective Brian Sims at 503-823-2079 or

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