Heavily-armed suspect arrested after shooting
Police arrested a heavily-armed suspect who fired numerous shots inside a Southeast Portland apartment that penetrated other units from an assault rifle with a drum magazine early Sunday, Jan. 10.
No one was hurt in the incident. David Yaron, 31, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on 14 counts of Reckless Endangering and 15 counts of Discharge of a Firearm in city, a violation of the City Code.
In addition to the assault rifle, police also seized several other rifles, pistols and body armor. The assault rifle had been staged inside the apartment to point at where some officers had been outside. The drum could hold up to 50 rounds and was loaded.
"It's not clear what this suspect had planned, but the possibilities are chilling," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "The officers who responded to this call worked seamlessly in a chaotic environment to resolve what could have been a tragic event. I thank them for their bravery and I'm relieved that no one was hurt."
According to police, at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to numerous reports of shots being heard in the 1200 block of Southeast Morrison Street. When the officers arrived, they heard gunfire coming from the second floor of an apartment building. Officers also could hear that fire alarm and sprinkler system had been activated.
Numerous officers responded to assist, and a tactical plan was quickly developed. Officers used a loudspeaker to communicate with the suspect and order him to come out of the unit unarmed. The suspect complied and was taken into custody.
When officers checked the apartment, they found no one injured inside. However, they found two inches of standing water on the floor from the sprinkler, which had been hit with one of the bullets. They also saw bullet holes in walls and the ceiling and confirmed that the bullets had penetrated into neighboring units, but no one was struck by gunfire.
Preliminary information indicates that bullets were .223 caliber rounds from a rifle.
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