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Sheriff Mike Reese: MCSO continues to combat gun violence and traffic violence (Photo) - 05/20/22

A month ago, I shared my deep concerns over the dramatic rise in violent crime and murder-related jail bookings across Multnomah County. In my open letter to the community, I included several law enforcement strategies that could be employed to tackle gun violence and traffic violence, particularly in areas where these occur at higher rates.

Knowing violence has no borders, at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office we are doing all we can to reduce violence in the communities we serve, and throughout the county. In alignment with our public safety partners and community organizations, we developed a violence reduction strategy, called the Enhanced Public Safety Initiative, or EPSI.

EPSI is a combination of individual, data-driven solutions that all work toward the goals of reducing: gun violence, traffic violence and drug overdose deaths. Our Planning and Research team examined data from various road departments and public safety agencies and created maps, (see attachments in Dropbox link), showing where traffic-related fatalities and gun violence intersect, in Multnomah County, since January 2020. This data focused our efforts to help communities most impacted by violence.

Some of the solutions include:

  • Traffic enforcement to reduce reckless and impaired driving.
  • Locating and recovering stolen vehicles and firearms.
  • Increasing gun dispossession efforts by removing firearms from individuals prohibited by law from possessing them.
  • Increasing presence on transit lines and stations most impacted by crime.
  • Meeting with community organizations to strengthen relationships.

Since these efforts began, MCSO has led and will continue to lead missions focused on locating stolen vehicles and seizing illegal firearms in hot spot locations in East Multnomah County. So far, the missions have resulted in 65 traffic stops, 25 arrests, and 5 recovered stolen vehicles. Of those arrested, charges included warrants, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and reckless endangering. We want to thank the Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit and the Gresham Police Department for their assistance in these missions.

The Gun Dispossession Unit continues its work to remove firearms from individuals prohibited by a court order from possessing them because they may pose a risk to themselves or others. In fact, deputies assigned to this unit have removed 86 firearms, between January 1 and May 17, 2022, nearly doubling last year’s rate. So far, in 2022, 285 firearms have been seized or recovered by the Sheriff’s Office.

Our work does not stop here. At the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, we are committed to reducing gun and traffic violence. Safety for all is the foundation of a healthy and thriving community. 

Additional traffic enforcement missions and focused-intervention efforts are scheduled over the next several weeks. I look forward to sharing with you more next month on our continued efforts.

Sheriff Mike Reese


Watch deputies participate in the traffic enforcement mission from May 15.

For media, b-roll of the mission as well as gun dispossession efforts is available by clicking here. Sheriff Reese is available for interviews until 2 p.m., Friday, May 20. Please contact pio@mcso.us.

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UPDATE: Multnomah County Detectives locate 12-year-old Elizabeth Hein, safe (Photo) - 05/11/22

UPDATE on May 11, 2022, at 11 p.m.:

Multnomah County Detectives located 12-year-old Elizabeth Hein just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night. She is safe and unharmed. We appreciate everyone’s vigilance, care and attention.

No further information will be released at this time.


Original release on May 11 at 5:05 p.m.:

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 12-year-old girl, Elizabeth Hein. She is believed to be in danger. Hein was last seen wearing all black clothing, including a black beanie with graphics. It is believed that she was carrying a black backpack. Elizabeth is 5’ 6’’, 120lbs. with blonde/brown hair and purple bangs.

Hein is thought to have gone missing sometime between 10 p.m. May 10th, and 5:30 a.m. May 11th. She was last seen in her residence located in Southeast Multnomah County and is believed to have left the home willingly. Anyone with information about Hein’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 and refer to case #22-19313.​

Attached are images of Elizabeth Hein.

Adult in Custody Death at the Multnomah County Jail - 05/09/22

On Monday, May 9, 2022, around 10:20 a.m., an adult in custody (AIC), who had been recently booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, was found unresponsive in the facility’s booking area. Medical personnel and corrections deputies immediately began providing lifesaving aid.

Paramedics transported the AIC to a local hospital, where they were later pronounced deceased. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has opened a death investigation.

The name of the AIC is not being released, pending next of kin notification. No further comment will be made at this time.

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UPDATE: Search and Rescue operation underway near Munra Point (Photo) - 05/02/22

UPDATE, May 2 at 9:30 p.m.:

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR) located the stranded hiker around 4 p.m., Monday, May 2. The hiker, a 51-year-old man, was suffering effects of mild hypothermia, but was able to communicate and walk with rescue crews. The hiker was found near Munra Point; the trail to Munra Point is not an official trail and is not maintained. SAR members reported the trail to be in extremely poor shape, steep, slippery, dangerous and very difficult to follow.

SAR members carefully walked with the hiker down to I-84, where an ambulance was waiting. The 51-year-old was evaluated and was in good condition. He declined being transported to the hospital. 

The hiker told deputies he left Sunday to go for a hike. He was not familiar with the trail. He reported that after a few hours, he lost sight of the trail and became disoriented. He began working his way down the hillside until he could not go any further due to sheer cliffs. The hiker said he was only wearing flip-flop sandals, which came off during his descent. The hiker said his cell phone battery also died. He told deputies he decided to light a small warming fire and shelter in place for the night. In the morning, the fire's smoke caught the attention of a worker at the Bonneville Dam, who reported the sighting to another employee. That employee is also a member of the Hood River Crag Rats. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was subsequently notified.

We want to thank the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, the Hood River Crag Rats, Gresham Police Department, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their assistance during Monday’s search and rescue mission.

This operation was the second search and rescue mission in the Columbia River Gorge during a 24-hour period. 

On Sunday, May 1, around 4:30 p.m., MCSOSAR responded to Larch Mountain, east of Corbett. A 25-year-old hiker used a personal locator beacon (PLB) to notify first responders he was not prepared for deep snow and needed rescue. Around 9 p.m., SAR members reached the hiker, who was in good condition, and helped him back to the staging location.

Despite spring-like weather, many trails above 3,000 feet in elevation are still snow-covered and have not been cleared or maintained since last fall. Before you leave home, it is suggested that you always carry a first aid kit in your car and bring the Ten Essentials with you on the trail, even if you are only going out for the day.

Ten Essentials for hiking:

  • Navigation: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger
  • Headlamp or flashlight: plus, extra batteries
  • Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen
  • First aid: including foot care and insect repellent (as needed)
  • Knife: plus, a gear repair kit
  • Fire: matches, lighter, tinder and/or stove
  • Shelter: carried at all times, (can be a light emergency bivvy)
  • Extra food: Beyond the minimum expectation
  • Extra water: Beyond the minimum expectation
  • Extra clothes: Beyond the minimum expectation

In both SAR missions, not wearing appropriate clothing or footwear were factors in necessitating rescue. Please be prepared to encounter all conditions in the outdoors.

The trail photo must be credited to Aine Gillen, MCSOSAR. All other photos can be credited to MCSO.

This is the final news release for these incidents.



INITIAL NEWS RELEASE on May 2 at 2:45 p.m.:

A search and rescue operation is underway near Munra Point in the Columbia River Gorge.

At 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 2, dispatchers received a call from a person located at the Bonneville Dam who spotted smoke from a signal fire near the top of a steep, rocky cliffside. The caller said they had access to a scope saw what appeared to be a hiker in distress.

Multnomah County sheriffs’ deputies responded to the location to verify the report. Using binoculars, deputies confirmed the sighting and activated the Multnomah County Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR) members. Because of the precarious location of the hiker, the Sheriff’s Office also dispatched the Hood River Crag Rats, a highly-skilled mountain rescue team.

Around 1 p.m., two hasty teams with members from MCSOSAR and Crag Rats left the trailhead to attempt to contact the stranded hiker and determine the safest rescue option. Deputies have not been able to contact the person nor identify the individual. It’s also not clear how the hiker accessed the area or how long they have been in distress.

Munra Point is an exposed rocky viewpoint located west of Wahclella Falls. The Munra Point trail is not maintained and climbs approximately 2,000 vertical feet in two miles.

Currently, the area is experiencing moderate rain and temperatures in the upper forties.

The media staging area is in the Tanner Creek Fishway parking lot at the Bonneville Dam campus. A PIO is on scene.

For updates, follow the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on social media @MultCoSO.

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Deputies investigate shooting in Fairview, arrest one (Photo) - 04/30/22

Multnomah County sheriffs’ deputies responded to reports of a shooting in Fairview on Friday, April 29, around 9:30 p.m. As deputies responded to the location, the 2600 block of NE 205th Avenue, they came across a fleeing suspect. Deputies found the man, 21-year-old Jesus Rafael Guerrero, in possession of a firearm and took him into custody. Guerrero was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

During the investigation, deputies found several cars and occupied homes struck by gunfire. Deputies checked the homes to ensure no one was hurt by the gunfire. No one reported injuries.

Deputies believe there were multiple shooters and are asking anyone with video or information about this shooting to contact Detective Chris Stephens at is.stephens@mcso.us">chris.stephens@mcso.us, or submit a tip online at Crime Stoppers of Oregon. You can remain anonymous using either of these methods.

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