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In the end, nobody was hurt, but SERT and a police negotiating team were involved before it was over

DAVID F. ASHTON - A member of the Portland Police SERT unit took shelter behind a tree in Sellwood Park, after an intruder with a pistol was discovered in a vacant condo nearby. Neighbors told THE BEE they've seen many cars driving up to, and into, the new development by Sellwood Condominiums LLC, tucked in just south of Sellwood Park at 9716 S.E. 6th Avenue.

But they were apparently just looking at the available new condos. Sunday, June 28, was different: A man was seen and reported inside one of the condos, bringing Central Precinct officers for a "premise check" at 2:24 p.m.

COURTESY OF SUZANNE OGORMAN  - Officers prepared to make entry into the new - unsold - condominium unit where a man, seen with a pistol, was hiding. "When officers were checking the residence, a subject was encountered [apparently seen with a pistol], and one officer fired a handgun. The officers retreated to a position of safety, and called for additional resources, including 'medical', to respond," reported Portland Police spokesperson Lieutenant Tina Jones. As many as 21 squad cars responded to that call.

"There was information to believe the involved subject may be armed, so the PPB's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) units were requested," Jones said. "A shelter-in-place order was put into place, for the safety of those in the surrounding neighborhood."

Neighbor Barbara Criqui told THE BEE that, at first, only two or three police cars arrived on the street. "I went out in my backyard, and looked over my fence at the condos. Then a cop ran over and said, 'Get in your house, and stay there – there is danger here'."

Inside, and looking out her windows, she saw "a lot of guys in camouflage outfits", along with an armored vehicle.

DAVID F. ASHTON - While two officers took cover behind a car, officers assigned to the SERT unit approached the condo development just south of Sellwood Park. SERT and CNT used a robot to check inside the condo, before the man inside was safely taken into custody.

After it was all over, Criqui recalled, "[Police officers] talked to several of us neighbors; I thought they were very respectful."

"The subject was checked by medical personnel at the scene, and it was determined there was no injury; and none of the officers on scene sustained injury," the Police Bureau's Jones said, after this two-hour ordeal for the neighbors had come to an end.

Precisely why an officer fired a shot remains unclear. But, Jones said that a realistic looking "Airsoft pistol" was recovered from the closet where the suspect was found to be hiding, in the vacant condominium.

MCDC BOOKING POTO - Although this intruder, 25-year-old Gray Tristan Stockton, caused the SERT turnout and menaced officers with a fake pistol, and faced two charges, he walked free from jail the morning after the incident.   Condo shooting_006.jpg  Courtesy Portland Police Bureau Officers found this realistic-looking Airsoft pistol in the closet of the vacant condo where the intruder had been hiding.   Condo shooting_007.jpg  David F. Ashton SERT officers headed up S.E. 6th Avenue, toward the newly-built, and still-vacant, condo complex.The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Gray Tristan Stockton, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 10:19 p.m. that evening, on two misdemeanor charges – Menacing, and Second Degree Trespassing.

At his arraignment the following day, a judge set Stockton free, without requiring bail. Release Reason: "Released on Own Recognizance".


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