'Attempted murder' arrest in Brentwood-Darlington shooting
Shots fired on Sunday afternoon, April 25, brought a dozen East Precinct officers to S.E. 72nd Avenue at Cooper Street, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, at 3:11 p.m.
Near the driveway of the Country Squire Apartments, arriving officers came across someone who was providing aid to a shooting victim. Reaching for the first aid kits in Portland Police squad cars, officers took over, stopping the bleeding with a tourniquet, before the victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital with injuries deemed "serious, but not life-threatening".
For a block in either direction, 72nd Avenue was completely blocked off while investigators from the PPB's new Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) looked into this daytime shooting.
The following day, April 26, investigators from ECST let it be known that they'd made an arrest in case – and revealed that, during the course of the investigation, detectives had seized a gun as evidence.
42-year-old Asare Lashawn Kofi, Sr., had been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) late on the 25th at 11:36 p.m., on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
At his booking, Kofi learned his combined bail for the charges would amount to $510,000.
Bail substantially reduced
However, by mid-May, Kofi had been moved to Inverness Jail. And then, for unexplained reasons, the bail for Kofi's charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, had been reduced to zero – and his bail for the Attempted Murder in the Second Degree charge, originally set at $250,000, had been reduced to $40,000. The reason for the reductions has not been made public.
But even with the reduced bail, the suspect has not been able to raise that amount, so as THE BEE went to press, Kofi remained behind bars in Inverness Jail on the Attempted Murder charge.
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