Portland man arrested for shooting another
For reasons yet to be discovered, a 28-year-old man allegedly shot another man in Northeast Portland recently one evening and was subject to a manhunt that lasted until the following afternoon. He now faces at least one first-degree assault charge and is awaiting arraignment in the Multnomah County Detention Center. A trial date is typically set during an arraignment.
According to a spokesperson from Portland's Central Precinct, police officers found the unidentified 49-year-old male victim near Pacific Street and Northeast 21st Avenue after a caller reported the shooting incident shortly after 10:00 p.m. The man's gunshot wounds did not appear to be life threatening, but he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Authorities initially asked the public's assistance in locating the suspect and in providing details about the incident. The area around the shooting was searching by officers, including a police K-9 unit. Police did not say where the suspect was found the following day.
When people behave violently, law enforcement officers must immediately apprehend them and determine the facts behind any incident. In this case, witnesses are important for providing motives and details behind the circumstances that led to the shooting. In some cases, firearms are used in self-defense and not with the sole and malicious purpose of harming another. This does not mean, however, that even self-defense will automatically protect someone from criminal charges.
Oregon laws are strict when dealing with crimes involving violence. A criminal defense must be established as soon as possible following charges. Along with mandatory prison time, if found guilty, defendants convicted of assault may have to pay a substantial fine as well as carry a criminal record for the rest of their life that can limit employment, educational and other opportunities.