Police arrest road rage shooting suspect
Police have arrested a suspect in a road rage shooting that happened two months ago in Southeast Portand.
Hai H. Vo, 22, of Tigard, is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon (three counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm (city code), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Officers the Gun Violence Reduction Team made the arrest and also seized a handgun believed used in the incident, during which a car was damaged but no one was hurt.
According to police, the investigation began at 5:26 p.m. on Sept. 22 when East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived, Oofficers spoke to a victim, who told them that he and the suspect got into a "road rage" encounter where words and gestures were exchanged. The victim said during the encounter, the suspect displayed a handgun and then shot at the victim's car. The victim was not injured, but he found a bullet hole in his vehicle.
Since the shooting, GVRT offciers have been doing a follow-up investigation. On Thursday, Nov. 14, they located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. There they arrested Vo and seized the handgun.
The Portland Police Bureau also offered the following advice:
Do not engage with aggressive drivers. If you are seeing behaviors that look like "road rage," it's best to ignore them and drive normally. Give the other vehicle lots of space if you can. Make safe turns if possible to get away from the aggressive driver. If you feel that you can't disengage, or if you see a weapon, then call 911. Make sure your doors are locked and drive to a well-lit, public place. Remember as many details as you can, including vehicle description, license plate, physical description, and clothing.
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