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Davonte A. Donahue, 29, faces charges after firing at police, allegedly killing hostage

A 29-year-old man has been arrested and is facing murder charges after firing at police during a standoff last weekend in which a woman was allegedly held hostage and killed.

Davonte A. Donahue allegedly held a woman hostage in his apartment, leading to a welfare check from Portland Police officers after the victim was able to dial 911 and ask for help. In the subsequent standoff with police, in which Donahue fired at officers and resisted arrest for hours, the woman was eventually found dead in the east Portland residence.

Donahue is facing charges of first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and five counts of first-degree attempted murder.

The incident began at 3:37 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, when Portland East Precinct officers responded to a welfare check in the 2400 block of Southeast 171st Avenue after a crying woman told dispatch to report she was being held hostage. Neighbors also had reported hearing shots fired in the area.

After knocking on the door, officers said they were shot at through the door by a suspect later identified as Donahue. The officers retreated to safety and set up a perimeter around the building. Officers did not return fire and no one was injured.

Portland Police said additional shots were fired from within the residence.

The Special Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to make contact with someone inside — via telephone and loud hailing using an acoustic device — but no one responded.

Officers began breaking windows to get a better view inside, which allegedly prompted more shots from Donahue.

Portland Police deployed a chemical agent inside the home and breached a barricaded door to enter the residence with a robot. Officers said they saw Donahue crawling on his hands and knees, before he barricaded himself in another room.

At 1:12 a.m. members of the Emergency Response Team took Donahue into custody.

The woman who called 911 was found dead inside the apartment.


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