Update: Wanted Felon Identified as Person Who Shot Officer (Photo)
Gresham, Ore.-- As detectives continue to reconstruct last night's shooting, wanted Portland resident David Allen Charlton remains in custody at a hospital with at least one non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Fairview's Officer Scott Shropshire, who was struck by one of Charlton's bullets during the exchange of gunfire, was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.
Detectives say evidence from the shooting, supported by witness' statements, point to Charlton be the driver and sole occupant of the GMC Envoy that crashed into an apartment complex's fence. Charlton, 40, was seen grabbing bags from the car before running from the crash scene.
Officer Shropshire and Gresham Officer Michael Brooder were working a partner car nearby and quickly located Charlton, in the 18900 block of NE Couch Ln. Officers Brooder and Shropshire, both voted earlier this year as Officer of the Year for their respective departments, attempted to contact Charlton as he continued east on NE Couch. They were immediately joined by Gresham Officer John Heer.
Within seconds of radioing that they were contacting Charlton, shots were fired and Officer Brooder updated that Officer Shropshire was hit. Brooder has been an officer with Gresham for more than seven and a half years and Heer for more than two years. Shropshire has been employed as an officer with Fairview for nearly three years.
Charlton was wanted for a federal parole violation warrant, stemming from a 1999 bank robbery that he served 13 years in prison for. Currently facing two counts of Aggravated Attempt Murder, Charlton will likely face additional charges related to unlawful weapon possession and use.
Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team would like to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
No more information is available at this time.
9 Year Old Boy Struck By Vehicle - 04/29/16
On April 28, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Gresham Police responded to a report of a bicyclist struck on Burnside Road just east of Cleveland Avenue. Police arrived on scene and found that a nine year old Gresham boy was struck while trying to cross Burnside. He was not at an intersection or within a crosswalk. The boy was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Anyone that witnessed the crash is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.
Major Crimes Team Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Gresham - 04/28/16
Gresham, Ore.-- What started as a late night traffic crash into a wrought iron fence at 224 SE 188th Ave., Gresham, ended two blocks away with an exchange of gunfire between police and the unidentified Caucasian suspect. A Fairview officer assigned to the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team and the suspect were shot during the encounter. Both men are expected to survive.
Just before 11:00 p.m. yesterday, officers were dispatched to the report that a GMC Envoy had crashed into a fence and the adult male driver was running away from the scene. The Fairview officer and his Gresham Police partner arrived first, locating the suspect in the 18900 block of NE Couch Ln., northeast of the crash. A radio call indicating they located the suspect was quickly followed by "shots fired" and "officer hit."
Deputies from Multnomah County and officers from Gresham, Fairview and Portland responded, rapidly securing the scene and preserving evidence. The roadways surrounding the incident are expected to be closed until later this morning as the investigation continues.
Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team are hoping to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
Per normal protocol, all officers directly involved in the incident have been placed on leave during the initial phases of the investigation.
No more information is available at this time and no updates are expected until the late afternoon.
Update: Two Middle School Girls Hit by Van While Walking Home From School - 04/21/16
Gresham, Ore.-- Two 13-year-old middle school students, both in seventh grade at Gordon Russell Middle School, were hit by a delivery van yesterday afternoon on their way home from school. The girls, Viridiana "Viri" Orozco-Hernandez and Raquelin Velasco Gutierrez, were transported to area hospitals. Orozco-Hernandez was listed in critical condition and flown to a trauma unit by Life Flight.
Velasco Gutierrez has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. As of this morning, Orozco-Hernandez reportedly remains in critical condition. The girls' families expressed thanks for the community's prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.
Investigators with Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team are working to determine exactly why the driver, Deann Marie Lepoidevin, 44, of Gresham ran the red light and hit the girls. Lepoidevin is cooperating with investigators and has not received any citation at this time. The investigation findings will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office for review, likely by the end of next week.
No additional information is available at this time.
Two Middle School Girls Hit by Van While Walking Home From School - 04/20/16
Gresham, Ore.--Two 13-year-old Gordon Russell Middle School students were severely injured when they were hit by a floral delivery van on their way home from school. Both students were rushed to area hospitals. One girl sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The second girl was flown to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital by Life Flight where she remains in critical condition. No names are being released at this time.
At 4:00 p.m., officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the intersection of NE Kane Dr. and SE 1st St., on the report that two middle school-aged girls had just been hit by a van and were laying in the roadway. Because of the nature of the incident, shortly after the first officer's arrival, the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team was called to lead the investigation.
Based on the investigation thus far, including witness statements, police believe the girls were walking west, across the intersection. They were in a marked cross walk and had a "WALK" sign. At the same time, a 44-year-old woman was driving a delivery van southbound on Kane Dr., for Gresham-based Nancy's Floral.
The driver is believed to have run through the red light, striking both girls. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation but speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors. The woman remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with investigators. Further details about the cause of the crash are not expected to be known for several days.
Working with Gordon Russell's principal Rolland Hayden, Gresham-Barlow School District will have extra counselors on site at the school to help the girls' friends and schoolmates process this incident.
Police Investigate Shooting Threat at Gresham High School (Photo)
Gresham, Ore. -- Police are investigation a shooting threat at Gresham High School. The Gresham Police School Resource Officer received information from a student that a message was scrawled on a wall in the boy's upstairs bathroom that wrote "Stay and you die school shooting on April 15th."
Police are actively investigating the threat and are speaking with students who may have information. Police believe the threat is not credible but are still investigating. The school is operating as normal and police don't believe that anyone is in danger.
Gresham Man Arrested for Attempted Murder (Photo)
On March 9, 2016, Gresham Police responded to a shooting in the parking lot of 17899 NE Oregon Street. The victim obtained serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of gunfire. On the afternoon of April 12, East Metro Gang Enforcement Officers arrested 18 year old Carlos Calderon of Gresham in connection to the shooting. Calderon was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for attempt murder, assault in the first degree, and other charges relating to the shooting. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
A One-Two Punch for Safer Roads, Gresham Police Enforce Safety Belt Laws and Watch for DUII Drivers
Gresham, Ore. -- "Choices. It's all about making healthy choices," says Cliff Hoecker, one of Gresham's officers assigned to the traffic unit. "Whether we're talking with hundreds of students about the realistic dangers of impaired driving during our Every 15 Minutes program, educating motorists about proper use of safety restraints, or issuing a related citation, our goal is making the roadways safer for everyone."
According to the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of the 1,552 children between 8 and 14-years-old killed in passenger vehicle crashes over the past five years were unbelted. And people riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size are the most susceptible to being seriously injured or killed in a crash.
More information about child restraint fitting stations can be found at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Even with evidence showing the effectiveness of properly used safety belts, studies also show that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Gresham Police say this is why focused enforcement is also needed.
With a growing understanding of how integral seat belts are to saving lives, Gresham officers issued 92 citations for safety belt and child restraint offenses during the first three months of 2016.
"While using a seatbelt is important, it's also something everyone hopes they'll never need," Hoecker said. "To help lessen the chance of getting hit by an impaired driver, the department will continue its ongoing DUII safety campaign with extra patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers." Since January 2016, Gresham officers have made more than 110 arrests for driving under the influence.
Motorists can expect to see enhanced DUII enforcements during the Memorial Day weekend and other holiday events, including 4th of July and Labor Day.
In conjunction with NHTSA, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, the City of Gresham Police Department suggests the following ways to prevent impaired driving:
?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to possibly lessen the effects of drugs or alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.