Thirty-three people were killed in Portland in 2018, including four who died in police shootings.
The victims ranged in age from 18 to 89.
An 89-year-old woman was kidnapped, sexually abused and killed by a convicted sex offender who followed her home from her volunteer work at a food pantry in Northeast Portland, according to police.
A beloved chef at the Oregon Culinary Institute was found shot at work, and his wife, a romance mystery writer whose work included a book called “The Wrong Husband,’’ was charged in his death.
A man and a woman were shot in the head in two execution-style shootings that occurred within four hours of each other in the city’s downtown. A Seattle man, suspected of fleeing a similar shooting there, is accused in the double murder.
One man was a sitting
-duck, waiting unarmed in his parked car downtown when two rival gang members, police say, walked up and fired through the driver’s side window. The victim thought he was about to meet a woman with whom he’d connected on Facebook. Instead, the two rivals who had initiated those Facebook communications purporting to be the woman, ambushed him, police said. One of the accused gunmen had checked out of a federal halfway house hours earlier, and had cut off his ankle bracelet five minutes before the shooting, according to police and prosecutors.
Ambush-style killing of unarmed man in downtown Portland resulted from simmering gang rivalry, police say
Prosecutors and police say the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old unarmed man, seated in his locked car in downtown Portland on Jan. 31, 2018, resulted from a gang rivalry that’s been simmering in the city since the 2013 brazen killing of a teenager at a busy Northeast Portland gas station.
Five of the killings were determined to be acts of self-defense and did not lead to arrests. In three of the five, the people defending themselves were working when they were attacked, including a FedEx driver who was bombarded with racial slurs, a U-Haul employee who fired at a man during an attempted robbery, and a tattoo artist who shot a homeless man armed with a knife in the strip mall parking lot, according to police.
At least three bodies were found in car trunks or a vehicle. One woman was strangled in a van that was abandoned, and the van was later towed with her body inside, according to court records. The body was left in the van for days before police discovered her. A man was discovered in the trunk of his girlfriend’s burning car after firefighters put out the fire. And, the 89-year-old woman killed was discovered in the trunk of her attacker’s car during a traffic stop, police said.
Four people were killed by police. One of those marked the first fatal police shooting by Portland State University campus officers. Three others involved Portland police: the high-profile police shooting of a carjacking suspect who burst into a Southeast Portland homeless shelter with a knife; the shooting of a man who wounded two others in front of police in a downtown parking lot; and the shooting of a man who held a woman at knifepoint inside a Southeast Portland motel.
Excluding the police shootings, 21 of the remaining 29 homicides resulted from gunfire, one from strangulation, two from stab wounds, two from head trauma, one from torture, maiming and sexual abuse. The causes of two of the people killed have not been released.
The 33 killings mark an increase from 27 recorded in 2017 but weren’t far out of line with the city’s count in recent years: 20 in 2016, 34 in 205, 26 in 2014 and 16 in 2013, which was the lowest number recorded in 42 years.
Excluding the police shootings, 12 of the remaining 29 homicides, or 41 percent of the year’s homicides are unsolved.
The 2018 homicide rate among the 30 largest cities was projected to be 7.6 percent lower than 2017, resulting largely from sharp declines in San Francisco, Chicago and Baltimore, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
Portland had the fewest homicides of the nation’s 30 largest cities, with a rate of 4.4 per 100,000, according to the center’s Dec. 12 figures.
PORTLAND HOMICIDES 2018:
(Solved means police have made an arrest or identified a suspect but doesn’t reflect a conviction. This list includes officer-involved fatal shootings.)
Robert Porter, 53, Jan. 3. Shot by a U-Haul employee when Porter entered the business at 4831 S.E. Powell Blvd. armed with a gun and demanded money, police said. A Multnomah County grand jury found Tyson B. Pfau was justified in >fatally shooting the would-be robber . Pfau shot Porter multiple times, and another employee called 911. SELF-DEFENSE, SOLVED.
2. Jonathan Lehman, 35, Jan. 4. Died from blunt trauma to the head after he was assaulted on Dec. 28, 2017. Alphonzo Leon Johnson, now 43, was initially charged with manslaughter but a grand jury did not return an indictment, finding he acted in self-defense. Johnson told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he saw Lehman, shirtless and holding a meat tenderizer mallet, walking toward his uncle at 9268 S.E. Clinton St. Lehman turned and walked toward Johnson, yelling and swearing at him. Johnson said he punched Lehman in the head. Lehman’s head hit the ground. Lehman died at a local hospital days later. SELF-DEFENSE, SOLVED.
3. Cody Bennett Oller, 25, Jan. 8 . Shot in Concordia neighborhood’s Fernhill Park at 6010 N.E. 37th Ave., 10 blocks from where he lived. Police >responded to the park shortly after 9:30 p.m. They found Oller lying on the ground in the park at Northeast 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street. UNSOLVED.
4. Ellante Williams, 30,
Jan. 21. Shot while seated in his locked SUV parked at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Stark Street about 5:37 p.m. Rival gang members, Aaron Birt, 25, and Avarihae Collins,19, are accused of luring Williams to the location on the pretense of meeting a woman, then shooting him through the driver’s window. Police say the killing was the result of a gang rivalry between Birt and Collins, who officers identified as Failing Street gang members, and Williams, a Kerby Bloc Crip. Brit had earlier that day left a federal halfway house with a GPS ankle monitoring bracelet on that he cut off shortly before the killing and ditched nearby, police said. Williams was shot multiple times and died of bullets to the neck that traveled to his brain and chest, police said. GANG-RELATED, SOLVED.
Kentraveon Hill, 18, Jan. 23. Shot at the Hazelwood Station apartments at Northeast 147th Avenue and Burnside Street. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene.. A grand jury did not return a murder indictment against Guthrie Melvin Ray Damron, 20, but did indict him on other charges. Police suspect Javier Blanco, then 17, and Hill planned to rob another man named Austin Jones, according to Multnomah County prosecutors. During the robbery, police said, Hill pulled a gun, and Damron, who was with Jones, responded by shooting and killing Hill, prosecutors say. Blanco was wounded in the shooting. Damron has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful sale of an AR-15, theft of a firearm and criminal mischief, according to court records. SOLVED.
Davonte D. Kerney, 22, Jan. 31. Shot shortly after 8 p.m. near Northwest Park Avenue and Flanders Street. A witness said she heard a gunshot on her way out of the Pacific Northwest College of Art student housing building in the North Park Blocks. UNSOLVED.
Richard R. Hanley, 38, Feb. 10. Shot by Joseph D. Vinci, a Portland tattoo artist, who a grand jury deemed acted in self-defense. Vinci shot Hanley, who was homeless, in the parking lot of his business at 1230 S.E. Seventh Ave. shortly after noon. Vinci came out of his business and confronted Hanley, who had thrown a lint roller at another business owner in the strip mall, police said. Vinci struck Hanley with a retractable baton, and Hanley pulled out a knife. Vinci grabbed a 9mm pistol from his waistband and fired at Hanley. He died from a chest wound. SELF-DEFENSE, SOLVED.
8. John A. Elifritz, 48, April 7. Shot multiple times by seven Portland police officers and one Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy inside CityTeam Ministries homeless shelter on Southeast Grand Avenue. Police confronted Elifritz, a suspect in a carjacking, after he burst into the shelter. Witnesses said officers shouted commands at Elifritz to drop a knife. Two Portland police officers first fired 40mm rubber rounds at him. Elifritz lunged at officers before five other Portland officers and one sheriff's deputy fired lethal shots, killing Elifritz, police said. Earlier in the day, Elifritz had called 911 to report that his wife and children were murdered, but police checked and learned that his family was OK. Officers later saw Elifritz holding a knife to his throat, and he ran from them. Officers chose to let him go. They planned to refer him to officers in the bureau's Behavioral Health Unit for a follow-up. But soon after, Elifritz was suspected in an attempted carjacking and then a successful carjacking, a road-rage encounter and the crash of a stolen car before he entered the shelter. By the time he entered the shelter, emergency dispatchers and police had identified the man with the knife as Elifritz. POLICE SHOOTING.
9. Eugene C. Gora, 85,
May 10. Found dead by a friend about 6:30 p.m. on the floor of a welding garage where he lived at the corner of Northeast Skidmore Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police did not release how he was killed. UNSOLVED.
David “Gigi” Eugene-Pierce, 28, May 21 . Shot during a fight around 11:10 p.m. on Southwest Second Avenue, between Ash and Ankeny streets. Pierce died before paramedics arrived at the scene. Pierce identified as a transgender woman and was known on the streets by her nickname, "Gigi," according to police. Sophia Grace Adler, 34, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 100 days in jail and two years of probation. When she was arrested, she was accused of murder with a firearm, but then a grand jury only indicted her on the single weapons charge. Adler told police she shot Pierce because Pierce was trying to stab her with a knife. Adler fired a .45-caliber pistol while it was still hidden in her purse, prosecutors said. SELF-DEFENSE/SOLVED.
11. Daniel Brophy, 63, June 2 . Shot in the Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked. His wife, Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, a romance mystery novelist, has pleaded not guilty to murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence. The Beaverton author, who wrote a book called “The Wrong Husband,’’ used a 9mm pistol to intentionally kill her husband of 27 years, police and prosecutors said. SOLVED.
12. Barak Rosen, 30, June 16 . Found shot just before 4:45 a.m. on the former Marshall High School campus in Southeast Portland, which is the current temporary site for Grant High School while its campus undergoes a renovation. Rosen was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the track, police said. He lived in an apartment near the campus. Rosen moved to Portland in December 2017 and grew up in La Verne, California, his family said. UNSOLVED.
13. Jason Washington, 45, June 29 . Shot by Portland State University Officers Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey while Washington, a U.S. postal worker and Navy veteran, tried to break up a fight near the Cheerful Tortoise just before closing time. The encounter marked the first fatal shooting by the university's police force. A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by the campus officers. Washington was >in possession of a friend's handgun amid the drunken melee outside the Cheerful Tortoise bar when Dewey and McKenzie ordered him to drop the weapon, authorities have said. Within seconds of the command, and after they say Washington refused to drop it and turned toward the crowd, the officers opened fire. Nine bullets struck Washington. POLICE SHOOTING.
14. Kenneth Coleman, 44, June 29 . Shot in the chest about 10:45 p.m. near a Goodwill store’s parking lot on Northeast Halsey and Wasco streets. Police responded to a report from the store's security guards that a person was unconscious and not breathing. UNSOLVED.
15. Billy Ray Mayfield, 36, July 1 . Shot about 9:15 p.m. in the 12200 block of Southeast Harold Street. Daniel Troy Harwood, 27, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He was initially arrested on a single allegation of unlawful use of a weapon in September, and then indicted on the murder charge on Nov. 29. Harwood told court officials he uses methamphetamine daily and drinks daily. SOLVED
Dallas Boyd, 29, July 13 . Died of asphyxiation by manual strangulation at the hands of Terry Hickman, 58, a homeless man who was living out of a van, police said. Hickman showed up at the North Portland apartment of a friend on July 19 and said he’d killed someone. He said he and a woman had been doing drugs in his van, he dozed off and awoke to find the woman trying to steal some of his stuff -- including drugs that were hidden in her bra, according to a memo filed by prosecutors. Hickman said the pair began to struggle and he ended up choking her and snapping her neck, according to the memo. Hickman’s friend flagged down police on North Lombard Street near Portsmouth Avenue to report that Hickman had confessed to a killing and was at her apartment, where he had showered, eaten and spent the night. Police interviewed Hickman, who told them where his van was parked, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police discovered the van had been towed a few days earlier from 12095 North Portland Road, so they went to the tow lot where the van was being stored. Police could see Boyd’s body inside and smell decay, the affidavit said. Hickman was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree attempted assault. SOLVED.
17. Andre Pennington, 47, Aug. 20. Shot at the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp at 4326 N.E. Marine Drive and died at a local hospital. Jamias Leondre Hart-Rasberry, 30, has pleaded not guilty to murder, unlawful delivery of cocaine and violating his parole. The shooting occurred four days after a Multnomah County judge issued a probation violation warrant for Hart-Rasberry, following his Aug. 9 sentencing to two years of probation for delivery of cocaine. Hart-Raspberry told court officials he didn’t know Pennington and had been couch surfing since his recent release from jail. SOLVED.
18. Andrew Patrick Hathaway, 28, Sept. 5 . Stabbed multiple times and then stuffed in the trunk of a burning car at a parking lot at 6308 North Marine Drive. The white 2003 Chevrolet Impala belonged to his girlfriend. Portland firefighters responded at 1:01 a.m. to the report of a vehicle fire. After battling the car fire, they found Hathaway’s body inside. UNSOLVED.
19. Marcine Herinck, 89. Kidnapped sometime between Sept. 18 and 24, tortured and killed by a sex offender who spotted her and followed her to her home on Northeast 150th Avenue from her volunteer shift at Portland Adventist Community Services, police said. Timothy Mackley, 58, has pleaded not guilty to a 23-count indictment charging him with 13 counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder, four counts of first-degree burglary, two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree kidnapping and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a corpse. On Sept. 18, Herinck had a brief run-in with Mackley after he dropped his cell phone on the floor of the food pantry and thrift store at Portland Adventist Community Services, where Herinck volunteered, stocking shelves. She accused him of trying to look up her dress, and Mackley was asked to leave but later returned. Herinck’s body was found in Mackley’s car during a traffic stop on Sept. 24, Portland police said. SOLVED.
20. Joseph Magnuson, 55,
Sept. 26. A punch and a fall led to his death. Prosecutors said Timothy Warren, a FedEx driver, punched Magnuson above his left eye after Magnuson shouted racial slurs at Warren and tried to hit him near Northeast Hoyt Street and 29th Avenue. There’s no indication Warren intended to kill Magnuson, Senior Deputy District Attorney Adam Gibbs wrote in a decline-to-prosecute memo. The state medical examiner later determined Magnuson was in “extremely poor health” beforehand and that his fall to the ground aggravated pre-existing medical conditions and led to his death. Witnesses described Magnuson as starting the conflict, yelling at Warren as the delivery worker was driving through the area. They said Magnuson repeatedly called Warren the n-word and “other aggressive and abusive phrases” after the driver stopped his truck and tried to speak with Magnuson about his behavior. Gibbs wrote that Magnuson would still be alive if Warren kept driving, but “the decision by Mr. Warren, who is black, to not let the racist vitriol to which he was being subjected go unanswered is not of legal significance.” Magnuson was living in a van near the park where the deadly encounter occurred. SELF DEFENSE, SOLVED.
21. Patrick Kimmons, 27, Sept. 30 . Shot by Portland police Sgt. Garry Britt and Officer Jeffrey Livingston, about 3 a.m. after he had shot and wounded two other men in a parking lot at Southwest Harvey Milk Street, between Third and Fourth avenues. A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by the officers, who testified that when they saw Kimmons running toward them with a handgun, they fired at him and continued to fire their guns after Kimmons darted south between two parked cars. Livingston fired five times. Britt fired seven times. Both officers, who were armed with 9mm Glock handguns, testified that they stopped firing once Kimmons dropped to the ground. Kimmons collapsed by a hedge grove along Southeast Harvey Milk Street. He was hit nine times and pronounced dead a short time later at OHSU Hospital, police said. An autopsy showed Kimmons was shot in the right lower leg, right buttocks, right lower mid-buttocks, left mid-buttocks, upper left buttocks, left thigh, left groin, left chest and right chest. The shot to his right chest appeared to enter from his back, testified Dr. Cliff Nelson, a deputy state medical examiner. Asked why he continued to fire once Kimmons ran between the parked cars and was running from the officers, Livingston said he still considered Kimmons a threat. POLICE SHOOTING.
22. Markell Jones, 44, Oct. 5. Shot outside the Moda Center while seated in the front passenger seat of a car at Northeast Wheeler and Multnomah streets. A Portland police officer heard the gunshots when Robert Jay James Jr., 35, fired a gun into a white Dodge Durango at the corner, killing the passenger and wounding the driver. Police saw the shooter run from the scene and chased him. Police recovered a gun on James. The single round left in the firearm matched the caliber and head stamp on the spent casing on the street. James has pleaded not guilty to murder with a firearm, attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, second-degree assault with a gun, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He wounded Macenzi Nelson, police said. SOLVED.
23. Izryl T. Johnson, 21, Oct. 7. Shot about 11:45 p.m. in the 4000 block of Southeast 94th Avenue. Police found Johnson lying in the street. Officers started first aid until medical personnel arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. UNSOLVED.
24. Samuel Edward Rice, 26, Oct. 10 . Shot by Portland police tactical Officer Kelly Van Blokland after Rice held his girlfriend hostage at the Del Rancho Motel on Southeast 82nd Avenue. Police surrounded the motel and evacuated guests in nearby rooms. They also called for the crisis negotiations team and the tactical team to respond. At one point, the suspect was seen at the door, yelling to officers if they came inside, "She will die,'' according to police dispatch records. During the standoff, Rice also called 911, identified himself by a different name and demanded money. Police negotiators tried to place a call to him and talk with him. A sniper with the Special Emergency Reaction Team eventually fired a single shot into the motel room, and other tactical officers moved into the room to rescue the woman. Rice was pronounced dead at the scene from a single wound to the head. Earlier that morning, Rice had pulled a knife on a customer inside a 7-Eleven store at Southeast Flavel Street and 82nd Avenue. A grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by police. Officers from the bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit previously had tried to link both Rice and his girlfriend to community services, but he declined help, according to police. Officers also had taken Rice to area hospitals in the past for mental health treatment, they said. POLICE SHOOTING.
25. Armond Ramoan Harper, 42, Oct. 19 . Found shot in the lot of an auto body shop, directly across from Peninsula Park at the corner of North Albina Avenue and Rosa Parks Way before 10 a.m. Many people in the area rushed to his aid at the scene. He died at a local hospital the next day. Police attempted to do a canine track of the suspect who fled on Rosa Parks Way, but no one has been arrested. UNSOLVED.
26. Tajheondre Price, 27, Oct. 23 . Shot about 1:30 a.m. and found on a sidewalk outside the Glass House Tavern at 9710 Northeast Sandy Blvd. Price, of Eugene, was in Portland visiting his youngest son for a week when he was killed. Another man was wounded in the shooting and survived, police said. UNSOLVED.
27. Tyler Chism, 28, Oct. 25 . Stabbed in the chest in a lot at Northwest Third Avenue and Everett Street shortly after 2 a.m. Police found Chism lying on the ground, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to witnesses, Chism had been in an argument with his girlfriend when another man approached, suddenly pulled a sword from his cane and stabbed Chism. The attacker then sheathed the sword back into the cane and used it to walk off. Timothy Carl Cato, 59, identified by police as the attacker, has pleaded not guilty to murder and unlawful use of a weapon. He did not know the victim, police said. SOLVED.
28. Christopher Tompkins, 59, Nov. 2 . Found dead near Interstate 84 at 6830 Northeast Broadway after someone called 911 about 3:50 p.m. Police called the death suspicious and included it on their homicide list but haven’t identified how Tompkins died. UNSOLVED.
29. Edward L. Taylor Jr., 26, Nov. 15. Shot around 1:54 a.m. outside the strip club Dream on Saloon at 15920 S.E. Stark St. after multiple people called to report shots fired. Taylor was found dead on the sidewalk just north of the club. Police recovered shell casings from the club’s parking lot. UNSOLVED.
30. Dominique Eivers, 41, Nov. 19. Shot at the Court Louise Apartments at 13059 S.E. Powell Blvd. Eivers, of Gresham, flagged down someone who drove him to a hospital, where he died. Nathan W. Moore, 38, was arrested later that day. He’s pleaded not guilty to murder and unlawful use of a weapon. SOLVED.
31 and 32. Carol Horner, 70, Nov. 19; and Brian E Hansen, 51, Nov. 20 . Horner was shot in the forehead about 9:05 pm. under the west end of the Morrison Bridge. She was found lying on the east sidewalk along Southwest First Avenue near Harvey Milk Street. Police found a single .45 caliber shell casing near her body. About four hours later, Hansen, of Vancouver, was shot near his left ear around 12:30 a.m. on the south sidewalk of the Burnside Bridge, according to police and prosecutors. Police identified James Barquet, 26, as the gunman through surveillance video on the Burnside Bridge. They stopped him at Southwest Third and Pine Street about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 20 as he was pulling a small suitcase on wheels. During a pat-down, police recovered a .45-caliber pistol from his waistband that police say was used in both killings. Seattle police also are investigating whether Barquet shot a woman in Seattle in the predawn hours of Nov. 19. Barquet has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a gun. Horner’s daughter said her mother grew up in Salem but had been living on the streets for the last four years due to severe mental illness. SOLVED.
33. Ian R. Olson, 18, Dec. 21. Shot in a Motel 6 in Northeast Portland. A motel worker found Olson, of St. Helens, when she entered the room to clean it, police said. Officers were called to the building at 518 N.E. Holladay St. around 11:15 a.m. UNSOLVED.
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