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Michael Hart
Michael Hart
Suspect Arrested For Involvement With Two Gresham Air Gun Shootings (PHOTO) (Photo) - 04/26/19

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police have made an arrest in their investigation of an officer shot in the arm by a pellet gun during an unrelated traffic stop near 878 SE 187th Ave in Gresham, OR.  The name of the injured officer is not being released at this time.

On April 25 at about 11:39 p.m., two Gresham police officers were performing a traffic stop of an uninvolved motorist near 878 SE 187th Ave. During the traffic stop, one of the officers was struck in the arm by a projectile which penetrated his skin.

The officer was taken to the hospital and it was determined the projectile was likely from an air gun. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time and the officer has been released from the hospital. The uninvolved motorist from the traffic stop was not injured and released shortly after the shooting.

The location of the shooting suspect was determined to be across the street from the traffic stop, in a travel trailer.  East County SWAT and police detectives assisted patrol officers with the investigation and after several hours of negotiation, the suspect surrendered to police without incident. 

The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Gresham resident Michael Lee Hart. 

Gresham detectives are also investigating the connection between Mr. Hart and a similar air gun shooting incident that occurred on April 24 at about 7:36 p.m., at the same location.  In that case, officers responded to reports of an 11-year-old boy shot in the back. While the incident was under investigation, a suspect had not yet been identified. Based on the investigations, Mr. Hart is being charged with both shootings.

Mr. Hart was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center on two counts of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Assault on a Public Safety Officer.

Police are interested in talking with any witnesses from either incident. Please call the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2719 if you have any information.

Attached Media Files: Michael Hart
Missing Man Located - 04/26/19

Missing person Arthur Pendergraft returned to his home and is safe. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out.

Arthur Pendergraft
Arthur Pendergraft
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 04/25/19

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 64-year-old man last seen yesterday. Arthur Pendergraft left his residence, Chestnut Lane assisted living, located at 1219 NE 6th St. He was last seen at the location on April 24th at about 6:30 p.m. He was picked up by a cab and dropped off in the area of SE 122nd Ave and SE Division St in Portland at about 7:03 p.m. His local family have not seen or heard from Arthur. It is unusual for Arthur to not return home at night and not be in contact with his residence or family.

Arthur has black hair, brown eyes, is approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and pushing a walker.

Anyone who knows of Arthur’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333 or if needed 911.

Attached Media Files: Arthur Pendergraft
Pedestrian Safety Operation Results - 04/23/19

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Gresham Police Department is actively participating in Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Operations. On April 22, Gresham Officers conducted targeted enforcement along the area of NE Cleveland Ave. and NE 8th St. Officers issued citations for 40 violations from the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are in the process of crossing, the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer.