Weird “car-shooting homicide” still stumps cops

How – and why – was this car’s driver killed on June 11 – while driving along East Burnside? Learn about the reward the police are offering for more information in this bizarre case …

Officials still won’t reveal if the rear window of this car – in which the driver was shot and killed while driving west on E. Burnside Street – was shot out or broke during the accident. East Portland News archive photo

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It was a startling story at the time we reported it: At 12:51 a.m., on June 11, 2010, 33-year-old David Cosmo Jenkins was driving a light blue 1991 Oldsmobile when he was shot and killed – while driving along East Burnside Street.

> To read our complete coverage of the story, CLICK HERE.

The Olds then violently crashed into the yard of a home, through a fence, snapping a heavy utility pole like a twig, before coming to rest just west of NE 90th Avenue.

Portland Police Bureau officers gather what evidence they can find on E. Burnside St. at NE 90th Avenue. East Portland News archive photo

“Detectives believe Jenkins was coming from the area of 162nd and East Burnside just prior to his death,” stated Acting Crime Stoppers Coordinator Marshall Santos.

“Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you remain anonymous,” Santos continued. Reference “CASE #10-33 DRIVER KILLED”.

Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-4357), or leave a tip online at the official Crime Stoppers website: CLICK HERE. Or, text 823HELP plus your tip and send it to CRIMES (274697).

If you have information regarding this case and want to speak directly to the investigator directly, contact Detective Ken Whattam at (503) 823-0696.

If you have information that will lead to cracking this case, contact Crime Stoppers – and you may also collect a cash award! East Portland News archive photo

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