Man arrested for firing gun into U.S. Courthouse in Portland
A man has been arrested and charged for allegedly firing a gun into the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland on Friday.
According to the Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office, just after 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, Cody Melby of Beavercreek was reportedly seen jumping over a security fence at the courthouse and firing several rounds into the building's exterior using a 9 mm handgun.
Two security officers who had been watching Melby via closed-circuit cameras then went outside to confront him. Once the officers approached Melby, he told them he had a gun and was arrested without further incident.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said authorities found five spent bullet casings, three spent bullets, three bullet holes in plywood atop the building's stone columns, along with damage near the building's main entrance.
Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced on Monday that the 39-year-old man is charged by criminal complaint with the destruction of government property. Melby will make his first court appearance later in the day.
This is the second time the suspect was arrested within a matter of days. On Jan. 6, authorities said they arrested Melby for trespassing while in possession of a gun during an unlawful assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
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