Woman dies in Lents shooting

Week #147 Shooting Report | UPDATED Find out what’s been revealed about this outer East Portland shooting. And, see a police investigation into a February shooting resulting in arrests this week …

Police are called out to a small apartment complex after a shooting is reported in the Lents neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

This edition of the East Portland News Shooting Report marks 147 weeks since Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland’s Police Commissioner, eliminated the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Gun Violence Reduction Team – and shootings and gunshot deaths dramatically increased starting one day later.

After this week’s deadly shooting incident report, read on – and learn how the PPB’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) investigated … and found and arrested suspects now charged in a February shooting.

March 31
Woman dies in Lents neighborhood shooting

After a “Shots Fired” call turns into a murder investigation, PPB Homicide Unit detectives are called to the scene. Courtesy KPTV Fox 12 News

PPB Homicide Division detectives have shared very little about a shooting on March 31, which apparently took place in an apartment at 9151 SE Crystal Springs Boulevard.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to there at 10:14 p.m. “When the officers arrived, they located the victim, an adult female, deceased at the scene,” about all of what a PPB official revealed.

Soon, SE 92nd Avenue fills with vehicles, including the PPB’s Mobile Command Center.

After PPB’s Homicide Unit was called to the scene to investigate the case, detectives and officers could be seen in front of, inside, and in the back yard of, the single-story apartment unit – gathering evidence.

“The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived, and no immediate arrests were made,” the police statement about the homicide concluded.
“I heard several loud ‘bangs’, I don’t remember how many, in the other unit, but I thought maybe someone was hanging up shelves,” said a resident, who didn’t want to be identified, to reporters the next day.

The following day, evidence markers remain at the front of the apartment unit. It appears that bullets were shot inside the residence.


Officials say that this woman, Connie Campagna-Martinez, is the one who died in this shooting.

On April 14, PPB officials revealed that on April 8, PPB Homicide Detectives, assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service, arrested a 17-year-old male suspect in Chiloquin, Oregon, and booked him into Klamath County Juvenile Detention on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He will be transported to Multnomah County at a later time.

At the same time, officials divulged that 48-year-old Connie Campagna-Martinez was the victim in this deadly shooting. The Medical Examiner determined she died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

If you have information about this case, contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone 503-823-2079; or, Detective Meghan Burkeen via e-mail at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-2092. Reference Case No. 23-83483.

Arrests made in February Mt. Scott-Arleta shooting

Back on the evening of February 7, police found abundant “evidence of shooting” along S.E. Knight Street. East Portland News archive image

In our Week #139 Shooting Report, third story down, we reported “February 7: Victim shot in Mt. Scott-Arleta” which included a video of the investigation.

On February 7 at 9:46 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Shots Fired” call along S.E. Knight Street, just west of S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses. Witnesses who called 9-1-1 heard gunfire, and believed somebody might have been struck.

PPB investigators took note of bullet shell casings found in the street and on the sidewalk, after the February shooting took place. East Portland News archive image

Although officers didn’t find any shooting victim, they did come across copious evidence of a shooting – including multiple unoccupied vehicles nearby with bullet strikes, and lots of bullet shell casings. PPB FIT and ECST members processed the crime scene, and then started an investigation — an inquiry that went on for two months.

At 5 a.m. on April 6, FIT, ECST, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and East Metro SWAT served simultaneous search warrants at two locations, stemming from the two specialty team’s exhaustive, month-long shooting investigation – and arrested two suspects.

Look at this hoard of guns, bullets, and body armor located and confiscated by police investigators. PPB image

Subsequent search warrants allowed the teams to recover an astounding cache of weapons, including a Glock 19X 9mm,a  Glock 19 with fully automatic switch, a Ruger .380, a Walther PPQ 9mm, a Glock 22 .40 caliber, .223 upper receiver, 12 fully auto Glock switches, Rifle body armor, high-capacity magazines, and large quantities of ammunition.

19-year-old Tavon Matthew Wilson and a 16-year-old juvenile were taken into custody.

You’re not permitted to view the booking photo of 19-year-old Tavon Matthew Wilson. CLICK HERE to learn why.

Tavon Matthew Wilson was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:27 a.m. on three Felony charges: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Currently Wilson is being held in the MCDC without bail on his charges.

The teenage suspect was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center and booked on the same three Felony charges as Wilson. It is not known whether this individual has already been released, as they frequently are.

If you have information about this incident, who have not yet spoken with police, call the non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333 or email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov   about Case No. 23-35622.

Congratulations to PPB’s FIT and ECST officers for arresting these suspects – and taking a lot of guns off the street.

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