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(UPDATE) Shooting Investigation in Portland

An officer on the scene fired his gun after locating the shooting victim; starting an exodus of hundreds from the club.

Shooting investigation


Portland Police Detectives continued to work throughout the day investigating the circumstances surrounding the homicide that occurred after a fight broke out at Club 915 early this morning, January 1, 2011. Investigators interviewed several persons today and made an arrest this evening. 31-year-old Kevin Charles Moffett has been charged with Murder in connection with the death of the 32-year-old male homicide victim found outside the downtown club. Moffett has been lodged in the downtown Multnomah County Facility.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopy Sunday, January 2, 2011, to determine the cause of death and more information will be released upon completion of the autopsy.

Portland Police say an officer was investigating a reported fight at Club 915, located at 915 Southwest 2nd Avenue this morning at 1:37 a.m., when he heard shots ring out and then located a shooting victim at Southwest 2nd and Taylor.

Lt. Kelli Sheffer with Portland Police, says a second officer arrived in the area of the shooting and saw the victim down on the ground.

"In the course of interacting with persons associated with the shooting, the officer discharged his firearm."

Several people have been detained and interviewed as part of this investigation, Sheffer said.

"Officers on scene reported seeing several hundred people exiting the club and in the street at the time of the shooting."

At that point, police officers from East, Central and North Precincts, the Traffic Division and Gang Enforcement all responded to assist with crowd management and to secure a crime scene.

Medical personnel transported the 32-year old male victim to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Sheffer said a substantial area of Downtown Portland remained closed off, in a news release issued shortly after 8:00 a.m. today.

The area roughly bordered by Southwest 1st to 4th Avenues, Main to Yamhill Streets is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic as detectives and criminalists begin their investigations.

"This is a complex crime scene as there is an ongoing homicide investigation and a separate officer-involved shooting investigation," Sheffer said.

"The involved officer will be placed on paid Administrative Leave, per Bureau policy, as the investigation continues."

Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to call Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457 or Detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0451.

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