Two deadly police shootings this week in outer East Portland

Week #106 Shooting Report | INCLUDES INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Two people, confronting Portland Police Bureau officers with firearms, were shot and killed. And, other shootings by violent people – not police – abounded this week. Those, and other 49 listings on the weekly ‘Shots Fired Log’ are included in this report …

In the Centennial and Hazelwood neighborhoods, people with firing guns are killed in confrontations with police officers. Others are wounded, by violent people using guns, in the Hazelwood, Mill Park, and Hazelwood neighborhoods.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

So far, the “Safer Summer PDX” plan proposed by Portland’s Police Commissioner and Mayor, Ted Wheeler, to reduce “gun violence”, as he calls it, seems not to have kicked in yet. Read about “Safer Summer PDX” at Mayor Wheeler’s website: CLICK HERE.

In addition to the two incidents in which suspects with guns confronted Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and were shot and killed, there have been considerably more mayhem caused by people using guns to shoot and wound other people this week.

More about those stories, and our weekly “Shots Fired Log”, after this week’s top incidents.

July 24
‘Domestic Violence’ call leads to deadly police shooting in Centennial

Many officers come to what started as a domestic-violence incident but ended as an officer-involved shooting.

Just after midnight, an armed suspect in a domestic-violence incident was shot by a PPB officer in the Centennial neighborhood.

At 12:07 a.m. on Sunday, July 24th, a “Disturbance-Priority” call sent PPB East Precinct officers to the area of SE 148th Avenue and Clinton Street. Typically, at least four officers are sent to such domestic violence incidents; but because of Portland’s short-staffing of the police, only two officers initially responded. Reportedly, a man and woman were physically fighting.

“While attempting to arrest the male suspect, a shot was fired by the suspect, resulting in an officer returning fire; the suspect was declared deceased at the scene,” was the terse message from a PPB official.

A person who frequently takes videos of police officers, Christopher Ponte of Oregon Cop Watch News, was at the scene and captured clear video of the incident. It was posted on their YouTube page [CLICK HERE] but appears to have been taken down by YouTube.

Before it was removed, the video showed two PPB officers taking a man into custody, as a female stood on the sidewalk behind them. As the man resists arrest, he struggles with officers, and is taken down to the sidewalk.

In this still frame of a video taken by Christopher Ponte of Oregon Cop Watch News, the suspect on the sidewalk has pulled out what appears to be revolver (within the circle) and is about to fire it in the proximity of officers.

Officers were attempting to subdue the man, he pulled out what looked like a revolver. As an officer blocked the gun from being pointed at them, the man fired a shot. After the shot, the struggle continued. A female officer fired six shots into the man struggling with the male officer and killed him.

On July 27, officials revealed that the Medical Examiner had completed an autopsy on the deceased suspect and identified him as 19-year-old Johnathan A. Worth. The Medical Examiner determined that Worth had died from a gunshot wound.

If you have information about this incident, please contact Detective Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Anthony Merrill at anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No 22-197823.

July 27
Person, shooting gun, shot and killed by police in Hazelwood

Looking south, across the TriMet MAX tracks along SE 126th Avenue, a large police presence grows after shots are fired.

A dispatch to a “Disturbance—with Weapon” call went out on July 27 to PPB East Precinct officers at 8:19 p.m. that evening. Officers were sent to the 100 block of SE 126th Avenue; about midway between Stark Street and East Burnside.

Officers blocked off eastbound East Burnside Street from SE 122nd to 127th Avenues. Neighbors about two blocks to the north of the TriMet MAX tracks on the stub of SE 126th Avenue reported that they’d heard gunshots.

Taken from more than two blocks away, an AMR ambulance is at this incident, along with many officers.

“It sounded like lots of shots; but that’s pretty typical around here,” one neighbor told East Portland News, as we watched a series of PPB vehicles head south on 126th Avenue.

A PPB spokesperson later described the situation: “Multiple 911 callers had reported that a person was in the front yard of a house firing a gun. Call -takers from the Bureau of Emergency Communications could hear shots being fired in the background of the 911 calls.

The PPB’s Mobile Command Center pulls in; it serves as an office for investigators in this shooting.
“Officers arrived and requested assistance from the PPB Focused Intervention Team (FIT). During this incident, an officer from FIT fired a weapon, striking the suspect. Paramedics were on-scene to render aid, but the suspect was declared deceased.”

Watch, as this investigation, taking place on a narrow, unimproved street, gets underway:

Eventually, as many as 44 police units – including the PPB Mobile Command Center – turned from East Burnside Street onto 126th, and filled the narrow width the street from curb to curb, as the investigation got underway. It went on well past midnight, conducted by the PPB Homicide Unit.

Into the evening, more and more officers and detectives come to secure the scene, interview witnesses and investigate this officer-involved shooting.

If you have information about this incident and have not already spoken to police, please contact Detective Brian Simms at Brian.Simms@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 22-201695.

  • To see the Portland Police Bureau Directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer-involved shooting: CLICK HERE.
  • And, to look at information about past officer-involved shootings: CLICK HERE.

 

Numerous injury shootings this week

Shooting incidents, in which at least one person was wounded by another, abounded in outer East Portland – and across the City of Portland – over the past seven days.

July 20 at 9:38 p.m.
Wounded victim ‘walks in’ to Hazelwood hospital

Adventist Medical Center treats a gunshot wound victim in the Emergency Department.

A person with a gunshot wound was brought to the Emergency Department of Adventist Medical Center. As required by law, medical staff contacted the 911 Center and reported the case, bringing PPB officers to investigate.

Reportedly, the patent was uncooperative with officers – so just where and how this shooting took place is unknown. This is Case No. 22-194807l

July 23 at 10:31 p.m.
Man wounded in Madison South

Officers investigate yet another shooting along this street, infamous for gunshot incidents.

Because there have been so many shootings along this street, PPB North Precinct officers weren’t surprised about another “Shooting-with Weapon” call along NE Milton Street near 82nd Avenue of Roses.

“Officers responded and located a man shot in the arm,” revealed PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard. “The man was not cooperative with officers’ attempts at investigating, and was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury.”

So far, no suspects have been arrested and this case that remains under investigation. This is Case No. 22-197742.

July 25 at 1:30 a.m.
Powellhurst-Gilbert drive-by shooting wounds man in face

After a likely drive-by shooting, officers maintain the crime scene, while it’s being investigated.

Near the Springwater Court Townhome Apartments along SE Ramona Street, just east of SE 122nd Avenue, shots were reported in an area shared by the Pleasant Valley and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.

“Officers arrived and located a victim who was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the face,” Lt. Sheppard told East Portland News. “He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

“The shots appeared to have originated from a moving vehicle that fled the scene,” Lt. Sheppard added. So far, no one has been arrested, but this case is open and still under investigation. This is Case No. 22-198740.

A Mill Park injury shooting
So far, details about this shooting have not yet been made available. We’ll update this story when more is learned about this injury shooting incident. Here’s what we have:

July 25 at 9:56 a.m. – Mill Park shooting on SE 122nd Avenue, a block north of Division Street. Case No. 22-199057. That’s it.

Additionally there were six additional “Shooting-with Weapon” calls outside our area in North, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Portland neighborhoods this past week.

If you have information about any of these gunfire incidents, email it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov – and be sure to include the Case Number.

~ SHOTS FIRED LOG ~

A staggering 49 “Shots Fired” calls were logged in outer East Portland during the past week. That marks a startling increase in gunfire heard in our neighborhoods. At many of these calls, we must point out, officers don’t find evidence of a shooting having occurred.

July 20 [+5 calls outside our area]
22-194781       07/20/2022 at 21:13:24           WB I84 FWY TO / NB I205 FWY
22-194878       07/20/2022 at 22:51:14           13800 Block of SE HOLGATE BLVD
22-194922       07/20/2022 at 23:28:53           15000 Block of NE SACRAMENTO ST

July 21 [+7 calls outside our area]
22-194955       07/21/2022 at 00:16:01           9600 Block of SE STARK ST
22-194961       07/21/2022 at 00:21:50           14900 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
22-195039       07/21/2022 at 02:11:42           15800 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
22-195178       07/21/2022 at 07:15:18           SE 112TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-195809       07/21/2022 at 21:17:27           13400 Block of SE DIVISION ST
22-195884       07/21/2022 at 22:33:17           8500 Block of SE INSLEY ST
22-195964       07/21/2022 at 23:46:11           6500 Block of SE IVON ST
22-195967       07/21/2022 at 23:51:32           SE FOSTER RD / I205 FWY

July 22 [+6 calls outside our area]
22-195998       07/22/2022 at 00:32:42           8800 Block of SE ANKENY ST
22-196013       07/22/2022 at 01:03:14           3100 Block of NE 80TH AVE
22-196081       07/22/2022 at 02:56:05           SE DIVISION ST / SE 156TH AVE
22-196292       07/22/2022 at 10:25:57           3200 Block of SE 73RD AVE
22-196295       07/22/2022 at 10:26:37           16900 Block of NE CAMERON BLVD
22-196392       07/22/2022 at 12:30:16           9700 Block of SE HARRISON ST
22-196856       07/22/2022 at 22:52:30           SE 72ND AVE / SE HARNEY ST
22-196875       07/22/2022 at 23:22:45           2700 Block of SE 141ST AVE

July 23 [+9 calls outside our area]
22-196924       07/23/2022 at 00:19:15           3900 Block of SE 91ST AVE
22-196951       07/23/2022 at 00:52:59           100 Block of SE 93RD AVE
22-196989       07/23/2022 at 01:56:19           3300 Block of SE 122ND AVE
22-197012       07/23/2022 at 02:31:45           14700 Block of NE FLANDERS ST
22-197174       07/23/2022 at 08:34:08           4200 Block of NE 130TH PL
22-030023       07/23/2022 at 11:15:18           SE JENNE RD / SE CIRCLE AVE
22-197626       07/23/2022 at 20:26:44           SE 174TH AVE / SE ALDER ST
22-197737       07/23/2022 at 22:27:25           4300 Block of NE 115TH AVE
22-197754       07/23/2022 at 22:55:43           100 Block of SE 146TH AVE

July 24 [+5 calls outside our area]
22-197836       07/24/2022 at 00:25:39           NE AIRPORT WAY / NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
22-027359       07/24/2022 at 00:28:20           17300 Block of NE COUCH ST
22-197626       07/23/2022 at 20:26:44           SE 174TH AVE / SE ALDER ST
22-030202       07/24/2022 at 20:20:02           9400 Block of NE CAMPAIGN ST
22-030212       07/24/2022 at 21:57:01           NE 96TH AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
22-198691       07/25/2022 at 00:28:53           3500 Block of NE 154TH AVE

July 25 [+4 calls outside our area]
22-198691       07/25/2022 at 00:28:53           3500 Block of NE 154TH AVE
22-198713       07/25/2022 at 00:51:54           11600 Block of SE DIVISION ST
22-198960       07/25/2022 at 08:01:45           18200 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
22-199160       07/25/2022 at 11:55:50           NE RUSSELL ST / NE 92ND AVE
22-199688       07/25/2022 at 23:12:53           17700 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
22-199716       07/25/2022 at 23:44:33           1800 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-199735       07/26/2022 at 00:01:53           2200 Block of NE 102ND AVE

July 26 [+8 calls outside our area]
22-199830       07/26/2022 at 02:46:28           1100 Block of SE 151ST AVE
22-199688       07/25/2022 at 23:12:53           17700 Block of NE RIVERSIDE PKWY
22-199716       07/25/2022 at 23:44:33           1800 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-199735       07/26/2022 at 00:01:53           2200 Block of NE 102ND AVE
22-199830       07/26/2022 at 02:46:28           1100 Block of SE 151ST AVE
22-200550       07/26/2022 at 18:01:35           3000 Block of SE 131ST AVE

July 27 [+2 calls outside our area]
22-201004       07/27/2022 at 04:58:16           3800 Block of SE 68TH AVE
22-201539       07/27/2022 at 17:17:49           6600 Block of NE 78TH CT

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As former PPB Chief of Police and currently Assistant Chief of Investigations Jami Resch stated the evening of July 28, “The level of violence officers have been responding to is unprecedented.”  Resch served as Portland’s Police Chief from December 31, 2019 until until June 8, 2020.

We hope you and your family are having a “Safer Summer, East PDX”. But, be cautious and aware, just the same.

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