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Portland police arrest shooting suspect after hours-long search

Benjamin Clark, 27, is accused of shooting a man and stealing his car. The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested a suspect connected to a shooting in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood on Tuesday.

The suspect, 27-year-old Benjamin Clark, was booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of second-degree robbery, attempt to elude and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. Additional charges may be pending. Clark is accused of shooting a man and stealing his vehicle.

Officers responded to the shooting near Southeast 87th Avenue and Southeast Ankeny Street at 1:59 p.m. and found a man who had been shot. The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, Portland police said.

Around 8:44 p.m., police found the victim's vehicle driving in the area of Southeast 104th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver didn't stop and led them on a short chase before crashing and running away, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said.

Officers set up a large perimeter around the area. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. The Air Support Unit, the K9 Unit, the Enhanced Community Safety team and a Focused Intervention Team officer also assisted in the search.

Law enforcement found the suspect, Clark, hiding in the backyard of a home, PPB said. He was cooperative and taken into custody.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-193423, or send tips to Crime Stoppers.

The shooting on Tuesday is one of several in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood within the last several weeks. 

Police responded just before 8 p.m. on Friday to the intersection of Southeast 124th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard for a report of a shooting. At the scene, they found Aaron H. Follstad-Martin, 44, shot to death.

In another deadly shooting one week prior, police shut down roads after one man was killed and another injured at Southeast 112th Avenue and Southeast Powell. In that instance, police were searching for suspects in a wide area between Southeast 108th and Southeast 122nd.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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