On Thursday May 26, 2016, at 11:22 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.
The driver failed to stop and continued driving to 127th Avenue, where he stopped and a passenger ran from the vehicle. Officers saw the passenger was armed with a handgun as he ran into a nearby apartment. Several residents came out of the apartment and told police that a young man with a gun was inside their apartment, that they did not know him, and that there were still other people inside the home.
Numerous officers from East Precinct, GET and the Canine Unit responded and surrounded the apartment. Officers established phone contact with the residents still inside and confirmed they were safe on the third floor.
The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called to assist with the incident but were quickly canceled after the suspect exited the apartment on his own and surrendered to police. Officers checking the apartment located the suspect's handgun and some clothing he'd discarded. All of the residents inside were safe and very appreciative of the police response.
The passenger who ran from the car, 15-year-old Charles Crockett, was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Crockett was also held on a probation violation detainer.
The driver, 18-year-old McKeever Watson Thompson, was charged with Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot and Interfering with a Peace Officer. Thompson was also held on probation violation detainer.
The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.
Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.
Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.
If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.
The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.
For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX
Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.
Submit an anonymous tip:
Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.
Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php
Call 503-823-HELP (4357)