Two arrested after lengthy standoff in Cully Neighborhood
Police arrested two suspected gang members after a lengthy standoff in Northeast Portland on Sunday.
Eric L. Harris, 41, is charged with coercion and weapons charges. Gerald Randale, 32, is charged with coercion, assault IV and weapons charges.
According to police, at 04:39 a.m. on Jan. 31, North Precinct officers received a call claiming that an individual had been assaulted and that the suspects were armed and inside a home in 4900 Block of N.E. Killingsworth St. Officers contacted the victim near the location and began an investigation.
Police say the investigation revealed that the suspects had assaulted and threatened at least one person, and that an additional female victim might still be inside the home. Investigators also determined that the suspects were alleged gang members and possibly armed.
Officers were able to contain the location and began attempting to establish communication with those inside. Officers could hear yelling form the home, but the occupants would not answer phone calls. Officers then began to loudly hail the location. After that, a female answered the phone.
According to police, officers were able to get the female out of the home. She told officers an additional victim was still inside, and officers were able to get this victim to leave as well. Police say this individual was uncooperative with investigators.
Finally, officers were able to convince the two suspects to peacefully leave the location. They were taken into custody and a sawed-off shotgun was recovered from the location.
Police say that safely resolving this incident required enormous resources, including officers from North, Central and East Precinct, as well as support from K-9 units and the Port of Portland Police. The Gun Task Force responded to assist with the investigation and specialized units, such as the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Detective Division, were consulted.
The situation was peacefully resolved approximately four hours after it started.