Victim found shot to death in his car last Saturday

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Alamo Shagadadean WilliamsPolice have arrested a man they say is responsible for the shooting death of a Gresham man found dead in his car last weekend.

Alamo Shagadadean Williams, 42, of Portland is being held without bail on an allegation of murder at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Police arrested him at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, after a search of his home in the zero block of Northeast Jessup Street in Portland, said Detective John Rasmussen, a Gresham Police spokesman.

Williams is accused of shooting Jeffery Pope, 31, of Gresham, who was found at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, dead in his Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the Rockwood Park Apartments in the 17300 block of Northeast Couch Street.

Police discovered the body after responding to a report of a person who appeared to be asleep or passed out in the car. Officers determined that the victim, identified as Pope, was dead.

“Evidence showed Pope died as a result of being shot inside the car,” Rasmussen said. The medical examiner determined the death was a homicide.

Police won’t say exactly what led them to Williams as a suspect, but said evidence linked him to the murder, which allowed a judge to issue a search warrant for Williams’ home. The two knew each other “for several years,” Rasmussen said.

The Gresham Police Special Enforcement Team, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Response Team worked jointly to make the arrest.

The East County Major Crimes Team is still investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.

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