Teen dies in Montavilla daytime shooting

Week #198 Shooting Report | INCLUDES TWO INVESTIGATION VIDEOS | Learn about the latest outer East Portland shooting homicide. Also, see how a school scuffle led to a shooting in Brentwood-Darlington, this week. And, learn about a stabbing in Hazelwood that lead to a felony Domestic Violence arrest …

Portland Police Bureau officers, detectives, and crime scene investigators responded to several violent incidents this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Stormy weather didn’t stop violence from breaking out in our neighborhoods; but not all of them were shootings. Read on to learn about a domestic violence stabbing – it led to an all-night SERT standoff in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

March 25
Montavilla shooting leaves teenager dead

Early in this murder investigation, NE Glisan Street is closed down as PPB Homicide Unit detectives begin arriving.

On Monday afternoon, March 25, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 4:24 p.m. to a shooting in the area of NE 93rd Avenue and Glisan Street.

Arriving officers quickly found an “adult male” suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Using their Medical Trauma Kit supplies, officers provided lifesaving measures until paramedics arrived – but the victim died at the scene.

A PPB detective arrives, and grabs gear from his vehicle before proceeding to the scene of the homicide.

Six officers were initially dispatched to the scene; but that number of responders soon grew to 17 PPB personnel – and mushroomed to a total of 27, in or around the crime scene, which was across the street from the Top of the Hill Tavern on the north side of Glisan Street at its intersection with NE 93rd Avenue.

Watch the investigation of this shooting homicide unfold, in this video:

The PPB’s Homicide Unit was called in, as was their Forensics Unit, to investigate the deadly shooting – closing down Glisan Street throughout the afternoon drive period, between NE 90th Avenue and I-205.

Officers and detectives gather, as an investigator with the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office arrives at the murder scene.

In addition to PPB staff, including a Portland Police Chaplain, several individuals, wearing “Ceasefire Portland” laminated badges, arrived and appeared to be talking with the dozens of people who were allowed to walk freely within the blocks-long, yellow-police-taped-off area.

Some of these individuals were crying and shouting; quite clearly in emotional distress.

Officials say this teenager, Jamirion Smith-Belhumeur, was murdered in this shooting. Family-provided photo

The day following, on March 26th, the PPB revealed that the individual shot and killed had been identified as 18-year-old Jamirion Smith-Belhumeur of Portland. The Medical Examiner determined Smith-Belhumeur died of homicide by gunshot wounds.
No arrests have yet been made and no one has been detained at this point, Portland Police officials say.

This investigation continues through passing rainstorms, on into the night.
If you have information about this incident, contact Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0395; or, Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 and reference Case No. 24-73410.

March 22
School scuffle leads to a shooting in Brentwood-Darlington

Early in this shooting investigation, officers close SE Cooper Street between 56th and 57th Avenues.

After gunshots shots were widely heard on Friday, March 22, along SE Cooper Street between 56th and 57th Avenues, four PPB East Precinct officers were sent to this location at 2:47 p.m. Finding a spent bullet casing along Cooper Street, officers cordoned off the short block and began investigating.

Under this business card placed in the street – in this photo taken from a block away – is a spent bullet shell casing. The officer here is going on to look for others.

A neighbor, who lives a half block away from the shooting, told East Portland News that she’d heard four gunshots in rapid succession, “but not like a machine gun. They weren’t very loud, maybe like from a .22 caliber gun; I actually first thought it might be fireworks.”

See a surprising number of officers investigating this neighborhood shooting:

Another neighbor said a resident, who lives on the block was nearby when the shots were fired. An officer went door to door, checking to see if video of the incident was captured on doorbell video systems.

It doesn’t take long for many officers, investigators, and detectives to pull up at the scene of this shooting.

As the investigation unfolded, a total of 11 officers were dispatched to the incident – but not all of them were at the scene.

Yet another neighbor later mentioned to us that he understood that this incident started at a school, when two students got in a fight – or at least, a strong disagreement. Apparently, one of the students went home, got a gun, and came to the other student’s home on SE Cooper Street, and fired off some shots.

An officer speaks with a resident who may have witnessed the shooting.

“This appears to be a shooting that stemmed from an altercation between some minors at an off-school-property location,” was how PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner responded to our request for information. “We took a 17-year-old male into custody.”.

March 27
Domestic Violence Stabbing in Hazelwood turns
into a standoff near MAX station

Police call an ambulance to aid a woman who’d been stabbed in a nearby apartment building, and was found at a TriMet MAX Light Rail station. Courtesy of Fox 12 Oregon News

Not a shooting, this violent incident came to light on Wednesday, March 27, at 2:21 a.m., when PPB East Precinct officers were called to a “domestic violence stabbing” in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

The female stabbing victim was found at the TriMet MAX Light Rail station on East Burnside Street near 121st Avenue, surrounded with people trying to help her. She was taken to a local hospital, and officials said she is expected to survive.

Officers at SE Ash Street cover the south side of the apartment building where the stabbing suspect is barricaded. Courtesy of Fox 12 Oregon News

However, the crime was not committed there. It had happened in an apartment at the Ventura Park Plaza building, at 12110 East Burnside Street, across from that TriMet MAX Light Rail station.

The suspect locked himself in his apartment, on the third floor of the building. “When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he yelled at officers that he would shoot them,” the PPB’s Benner related. “Officers then moved away from the apartment and requested that the Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team assist them.”

With the apartment building in the background, SERT officers walk into the area. Courtesy of Fox 12 Oregon News

Heavily-armed officers moved in, and PPB drones buzzed outside the apartment window until about 8:45 a.m., when the subject was taken into custody by the SERT team.

A reporter at the scene said that this man – the suspect, 29-year-old Beka Nebi Dekebo — was walked out of the apartment building, under arrest. Courtesy KGW-TV 8 News

Arrested was 29-year-old Beka Nebi Dekebo who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 12:32 p.m., and booked on a Class A Felony charge of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Constituting Domestic Violence); and, a Class C Felony charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Constituting Domestic Violence).

Currently Dekebo remains behind bars in the MCDC, held without bail on the two Felony charges.

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That wraps up the 198th edition of “Weekly Shooting Reports” at East Portland News – this week, with an additional felony stabbing incident. As shootings continue in our neighborhoods, we’ll keep reporting on them for you. CLICK HERE to find out why our weekly “Shooting Report” articles began, and why they continue.

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