April 20 2019
Gresham, Ore.-- As detectives continue to reconstruct last night's shooting, wanted Portland resident David Allen Charlton remains in custody at a hospital with at least one non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Fairview's Officer Scott Shropshire, who was struck by one of Charlton's bullets during the exchange of gunfire, was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.
Detectives say evidence from the shooting, supported by witness' statements, point to Charlton be the driver and sole occupant of the GMC Envoy that crashed into an apartment complex's fence. Charlton, 40, was seen grabbing bags from the car before running from the crash scene.
Officer Shropshire and Gresham Officer Michael Brooder were working a partner car nearby and quickly located Charlton, in the 18900 block of NE Couch Ln. Officers Brooder and Shropshire, both voted earlier this year as Officer of the Year for their respective departments, attempted to contact Charlton as he continued east on NE Couch. They were immediately joined by Gresham Officer John Heer.
Within seconds of radioing that they were contacting Charlton, shots were fired and Officer Brooder updated that Officer Shropshire was hit. Brooder has been an officer with Gresham for more than seven and a half years and Heer for more than two years. Shropshire has been employed as an officer with Fairview for nearly three years.
Charlton was wanted for a federal parole violation warrant, stemming from a 1999 bank robbery that he served 13 years in prison for. Currently facing two counts of Aggravated Attempt Murder, Charlton will likely face additional charges related to unlawful weapon possession and use.
Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team would like to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
Photo: David Allen Charlton