Man arrested following shooting that left two dead in Tigard
A man suspected of murdering two people in a shooting at an apartment building in Tigard was apprehended by law enforcement Thursday evening, Dec. 16, hours after the alleged crime occurred.
Ronald Terry Stephens, 40, is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Tigard Police Department officials said in a 9 p.m. statement Thursday.
Investigators believe Stephens knew the victims, police said, adding they don't believe the alleged murders were a random act.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting at The Birches apartment complex located at 11485 S.W. Greenberg Road about noon Thursday.
They found two victims, a man and a woman, who died at the scene, police said about an hour after responding to the reported shooting.
The victims have not yet been identified.
Police initially closed a nearby intersection and advised residents in the area to stay in their homes until a search in the neighborhood could be completed.
Investigators were unable to discover anything during the search, police reported.
Witness statements and a K-9 unit search led investigators to believe the suspects had left the scene in a car, police said, adding they didn't believe there was an ongoing safety threat in the area.
Hours later, police reported that Stephens, who had been suspected of the alleged murders, had been arrested in Sandy.
He was taken into custody by officials with the U.S. Marshals Service about 7:30 p.m., police said.
Police have not released any other information at this time.
Court records show Stephens has previously been convicted of multiple felonies in Oregon.
His convictions date back to 1999, and charges include drug possession, being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon and second-degree robbery.
Most recently, Stephens was arrested in September after police attempted to pull him over while he was driving in Portland.
A probable cause affidavit filed in the Multnomah County Circuit Court shows he crashed into another vehicle after leading police on a chase. Stephens allegedly fled his vehicle after the crash, taking off running, according to the affidavit.
He was later detained by police after walking toward pursuing officers with his hands in the air, the affidavit says.
Charges stemming from that incident were still pending in court when he was arrested Thursday. They included possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and attempting to elude police, among others.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with details of Stephens' criminal history.
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