Threatening armed suspect safely arrested

Learn how the Police Bureau’s ‘eye-in-the-sky’ caught this fleeing felon in the Centennial neighborhood …

As sunset turns to twilight, in the eastern edge of this outer East Portland neighborhood, police close off streets, looking for a man reported to be threatening residents with a gun.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When an armed man apparently threatened residents of a Centennial home near Portland Fire & Rescue Station 31, along SE 174th Avenue, on August 1 at 8:36 p.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers moved into the area.

According a caller to the 9-1-1 Center, PPB East Precinct officers had been dispatched to the same location earlier that afternoon, at 1:26 p.m., because the man had threatened to shoot family members living in the residence.

“At the call earlier in the day, the suspect left the location prior to officers arriving, and officers were not able to locate him,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Officers cordon off neighborhood streets while they look for a reportedly armed man.

However, returning that evening, officers started blocking off streets in the area, while they helped people get to safety. “As the people inside the home were being evacuated, a man matching the suspect’s description ran from the residence,” Burley said.

Officers stationed in the area got updates on the suspect’s trajectory, thanks to their “eye in the sky”, PPB’s Tactical Operation Division’s Air Support Unit, which was flying overhead.

“The suspect was tracked running through a field and jumping over several fences before officers took him into custody without incident,” Burley said. “Based on information gathered during the investigation, officers believe the suspect knew the occupants of the residence from which he fled.”

This is the handgun police say they found in the suspect’s car, which was parked near the residence.

Members of the PPB Gun Task Force investigators applied for, and received, a warrant to search a vehicle associated with the suspect, parked outside the house, and found a handgun, commented Burley.

Being held without bail is 29-year-old Davon Douglas Granville.

The suspect, 29-year-old Davon Douglas Granville, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on a United States Marshals’ “Hold”, plus a warrant for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Currently, Granville is being held, without bail, at Inverness Jail.

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