PORTLAND – Plain clothes gang enforcement officers busted into a Northeast Portland home and captured a suspect Wednesday in connection with a December gang shooting in Northeast Portland.
Police arrested 19-year-old Deanthony Paul Simmons (pictured) at a home in the 2600 block of North Willis Boulevard and recovered a handgun, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
Neighbors were startled after hearing an explosion from a flash-bang device as police stormed into the home to arrest Simmons.
"I just woke up to a loud explosion. My wife woke up. She was startled. We heard dogs barking outside, so I immediately looked outside," said Mark Pimentel who lives nearby. "The one thing I heard was somebody yelling 'grandma get out of the house."'
Gang enforcement officers started their investigation after shots were reported around 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Northeast 6th Avenue and Northeast Simpson Street.
Police found evidence of gunfire and witnesses gave officers a limited vehicle description as well as a description of a person fleeing on foot, Simpson said.
That information led police to Wednesday’s arrest. Simmons was charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Anyone with additional information about the case was asked to call 503-823-2092.