Police respond to six gun-related incidents early Sunday
Police responded to six gun-related incidents early Sunday, including a downtown fight among gang associates where a man was arrested on a weapons charge.
In that incident, at 2:15 a.m. on Sept 4, Central Precinct Entertainment Detail and Gang Enforcement Team officers were patrolling the Downtown Portland Entertainment District when a fight started involving 10 to 12 gang associates.
Police say that during the fight, which occurred on Northwest 3rd Avenue between Couch and Burnside Streets, a suspect brandished a firearm in full view of the officers.
The suspect took off running from the officers and discarded the gun in the parking lot at Northwest 4th Avenue and Couch Street.
Officers caught the suspect and, after a struggle, took him into custody and recovered the firearm.
Darius Pierre Tarver, 25, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and escape in the third degree.
No one was injured or arrested in the five other incidents.
According to police, at 3:53 a.m., on Sept. 4, officers responded to the 15900 block of East Burnside Street on the report of gunfire and a vehicle on fire. Officers and firefighters arrived and learned that someone used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the car, which had numerous bullet strikes visible.
Polce say witnesses reported hearing several gunshots, then seeing a dark-colored SUV leaving the area, possibly related to the shooting.
Shortly after that incident, callers in the area of Southeast 154th Avenue and Alder Street reported hearing gunfire. Officers arrived in the neighborhood and located evidence of gunfire, but did not locate any victims or property damage.
A few minutes later, callers in the area of Southeast 148th Avenue and Clinton Street reported hearing gunfire. Officers arrived in the neighborhood and located evidence of gunfire, but did not locate any victims or property damage.
Officers then responded to the area of Southeast 141st Avenue and Division Street on the report that a neighbor heard gunfire at approximately 4:00 a.m. and he awoke to find evidence of gunfire in the street. No victims or property damage were discovered at this location.
And at 6:25 a.m., officers responded to the area of 115th Avenue and Powell Court on the report that someone shot at a man as he got out of his car. Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the victim, who told police that an unknown subject or subjects in a gold or silver car shot at him for unknown reasons. The victim was not hit in the shooting.
Based on information learned by officers, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to investigate the first two incidents. Police say it is not clear any of the incidents are related.