Suspected killer of teenage Portland girl arrested
Kceon Colbert, the 19-year-old accused of fatally shooting his 18-year-old girlfriend in June, has been arrested, Portland police said Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Colbert and Julian Gallardo, both fugitives wanted for violent crimes, were arrested by U.S. Marshals at a house in Vancouver that was set on fire by a driver who backed up and sheared the gas meter.
Colbert will be booked into the Clark County Jail, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Colbert was wanted for the shooting death of Shai'India Harris in Southeast Portland on June 10.
Gallardo, 19, will also be booked into a Washington jail until he can be extradited to Oregon. He faces seven charges, including two of attempted murder, related to a shooting on June 30, 2019, in the 400 block of Southeast 68th in Hillsboro. One man was injured in the shooting.
Federal agents were serving a warrant Wednesday afternoon on Northeast 164th in Vancouver for Colbert and Gallardo. While they were there a driver pulled up to the house, tried to back up and hit the house.
Firefighters said the driver sheared off the gas meter, quickly setting the home's vinyl siding on fire. Fire crews arrived and quickly put it out. Officials said the flames didn't get inside of the home.
The driver was taken into custody but authorities did not say whether the driver was one of the fugitives.
The killing of Shai'India Harris
Shai'India Harris graduated from Park Rose High School on June 9. She was shot and killed one day later. Witnesses saw her walking down the street just before the shooting. Neighbors believe someone in a car drove up, called her over, and then shot her multiple times before driving off.
The 18-year-old was headed to college next fall.
Three weeks after her death, authorities issued a second-degree murder warrant for her boyfriend: 18-year-old Kceon Colbert.
Members of Harris' family told KOIN 6 News they can finally start to focus on grieving her death now that her accused killer is off the streets.
"I know she wouldn't want us to be hurting the way we are from this guy," said Harris' aunt just a day before Colbert was arrested. "She was such a loving person, like just very family-oriented. So happy."
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story can be found here.
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