SERT nabs prowler with a pistol near Sellwood Park
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.
"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.
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.
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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