Multnomah County DA looks to curb gun violence
On Valentine's Day, Gresham Police responded to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm — adding to a growing number of gun-related cases across Multnomah County.
Gresham officers arrived Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Wilkes East Neighborhood to find a couple who had been arguing. The boyfriend allegedly punched a hole through a door, and pointed a firearm at the victim. During the investigation, Gresham Police recovered a 9mm handgun loaded with eight rounds.
The case, which did not involve serious injuries, is part of 26 gun violence incidents across the county through the first 18 days of February.
"Like prosecutors across the country, I am surging our resources in the district attorney's office in response to the escalating gun violence occurring in our community," said District Attorney Mike Schmidt. "This is the most pressing public safety issue we face right now."
Two of the 26 cases this month involved homicides.
The violence in February continues a troubling trend in Gresham. Police spokesmen have highlighted increased shooting numbers across the community, including 10 shootings in Gresham with eight people being shot last month. That was described by Gresham Police as "an unusually high number."
In 2019, Gresham Police opened cases into 33 shootings with nine involving injuries within city limits. That number jumped to 54 shootings in 2020, with 15 involving injuries.
The District Attorney's Office said local law enforcement agencies are committed to stopping the violence, and pointed to prioritizing community-based interventions to disrupt the factors leading to the increased gun violence.
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