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Shooting suspect caught walking in front of police station

Spotted by sharp-eyed officer


A suspect in the Sept. 4 shooting of Devon Campbell-Williams, 25, of Gresham was arrested after a Gresham police officer spotted him walking in front of the Grehsam Police Rockwood office.

The suspect, Alan J. Bates, 33, of Gresham, then fled on foot and was captured a short time later, thanks to the help of a trained police dog. Bates was arrested and booked on a warrant for attempted murder as well as a warrant for parole violation for a previous attempted murder charge in 2005 when he allegedly shot a different victim multiple times.

The Sept. 4 shooting is described as gang-related because Bates is a documented Columbia Villa Crip gang member, but it is not evident that the incident leading up to the shooting was gang-related, according to a statement from the Gresham Police Department.

Campbell-Williams was shot in the neck during the middle of the day near the 800 block of Southeast 190th Avenue The suspect fled the scene and the victim was transported to a hospital. Gresham Detectives and the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team later identified the suspect as Bates, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bates was ultimately spotted at 9:07 p.m. Oct. 11 when Gresham Police Officer Jason Young was on patrol in the area of Northeast 181st Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street and recognized Bates as he walked in front of the Gresham Police Rockwood Office.

The Gresham Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in the investigation. Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.

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