Police investigating four Thursday shootings
Portland police are investigating four shooting incidents on Thursday, Feb. 18, including one where a bystander fired a gun a tow truck driver involved in a series of hit-and-run crashes.
At 11:47 a.m. Thursday, East Precinct officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 6200 block of Southeast 97th Avenue. As officers were en route, they learned that someone fired a gun at a suspect vehicle related to a nearby crash, and that other reports of hit-and-runs involving other vehicles were coming in.
When officers arrived, they contacted and detained the person who fired the gun. He is under investigation but not charged with a crime.
Officers were then able to locate the vehicle suspected in the hit-and-runs — a yellow tow truck — and attempted to stop it. The driver did not yield, however, and drove off in a reckless manner.
Officers did not pursue the suspect, but were able to locate the tow truck later at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Boulevard. Officers used their patrol vehicles to box in the truck and prevent it from eluding them again.
The driver initially refused to comply with officers asking him to get out of the driver's seat. Instead, he held a knife to his throat while taunting the officers. Officers with the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team responded to assist, but on-scene officers were able to convince the man to put the knife down and surrender.
Officers connected the suspect to previous calls from Wednesday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, where he violated a restraining order protecting a family member.
Dolphus M. Creer Jr., 30, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on three counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree and three counts of Violation of a Restraining Order.
Officers are now compiling multiple reports to determine what additional charges are appropriate, including those associated with the hit-and-run incidents.
Anyone with information about these incidents or is a victim who has not contacted police is asked to make an online report at www.portlandpolice.com or at 503-823-3333 and refer to case number 21-44465.
Less than two hours later, at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, North Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 3800 block of North Alaska Street in the Portsmouth Neighborhood. When they arrived, the officers located evidence of gunfire. There was no victim found, but officers learned that someone may have been hurt and left the scene before officers were called.
Then, at about 2:58 p.m. Thursday, officers were notified that someone was being treated at a hospital for a serious gunshot injury. It is believed to be related to the shooting call.
About six hours later, 7:33 p.m. Thursday, East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 8400 block of Southeast Clinton Street. When they arrived, the officers discovered that an occupied house had been shot at least four times. One of the home's occupants was on the front porch when the shots were fired by a passing car.
Officers confirmed that no one was injured. They then found that one of the bullets went through the room of a 3-year-old girl, but the girl was not in the room at the time.
And shortly after that, at 7:42 p.m. Thursday, East Precinct officers responded to a hotel in the 3800 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue where an occupied hotel room was pierced with a bullet. No one in the room was injured.
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