Suspected shooter holes up in Centennial house

See why the neighbors were on edge for almost the entire night …

Officials finally close off SE 162nd Avenue near SE Main Street, while they try to coax out a suspected gang member who refuses to surrender, after a shooting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In a house on an outer East Portland dead-end street, shots rang out in the Centennial neighborhood, a block west of SE 162nd Avenue on Main Street. It was July 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District officers rushed to the 1300 block of SE 160th Place. They didn’t find any gunshot victims, but they did find damage to the garage of a residence.

“The Gang Enforcement Team responded, and began conducting an investigation,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Witnesses told police that the suspect, an African American male in his 30s, had possibly been shooting at a dark-colored vehicle that was in the street,” Simpson added.

“GET investigators were able to identify 24-year-old Aaron Deon Kinsey as the alleged shooter, and determined that he was inside his home on SE 160th Place,” Simpson related.

Officers wait, while Crisis Negotiation Team members try to coax the suspect out of his house.

The problem was that Kinsey wasn’t responding to calls into the house, or to what officers believed to be his cell phone.

“Officers made numerous attempts to persuade Kinsey to exit the home and surrender to police,” Simpson said.

“Initial attempts were not successful so, based on the information developed in the investigation and the belief that Kinsey was armed with a handgun, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene – to assist with the safe apprehension of Kinsey, and the service of a search warrant.”

The SERT and CNT teams rolled in around midnight.

“It was like one of them cop movies,” Alisia Brandolf remarked to East Portland News, while waiting to be allowed back into her neighborhood. “There are all kinds of police here; but I hear the guy has a gun, and he isn’t coming out.”

Just before 4:00 a.m., SERT breached a door in the home using an explosive charge and shortly after, Kinsey surrendered to police without incident, Simpson said. “Investigators searching the home seized two handguns.”

24-year-old Aaron Deon Kinsey is booked on attempted murder and weapons charges, after police eventually blow off the front door of his house.

Kinsey was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

At his arraignment on July 27, Kinsey picked up the additional charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and was assigned to Multnomah County Inverness Jail. However, two days later, on July 29, Kinsey made bail, and was released from custody.

This was not his first offense. In 2011, Kinsey was arrested after barricading himself in a stranger’s home while armed – until he fell through the ceiling, into officers’ hands.

© 2015 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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