PORTLAND, Ore. — A suspect accused of fatally shooting a man Feb. 26 in a parking garage in Portland's Lloyd District has been arrested, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported Tuesday morning.
The suspect, 28-year-old Lona-Akoni Hudson, was taken into custody in Portland by the U.S. Marshals, Vancouver Police Department and Southwest Regional SWAT, PPB reported.
Hudson was booked into the Multnomah County jail and faces charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
On Feb. 26 at around 7:15 p.m., officers found the victim, 38-year-old Jacob T. Dreyer of Vancouver, dead after they responded to reports of a shooting in a parking garage at Northeast 2nd Avenue and Holladay Street in Portland.
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KGW spoke to Dreyer's niece on March 3. Savannah Hall said her uncle was an avid snowboarder and a car enthusiast who loved working on European cars.
Following Hudson's arrest, Hall told KGW that she'd never seen the man before, and she didn't understand how this could have happened.
"I have no idea, it's random. He's really young, which makes it more sad — he's 28 years old, it's very confusing," Hall said.
Hall said she hopes that Hudson's arrest will provide more answers, perhaps some closure in her uncle's death. After the shooting, she wasn't optimistic that a suspect would be taken into custody any time soon.
"I didn't expect it to come as fast ... I mean when I first found out I let go of that expectation, I'm like who knows who this guy is, he's gone the way Portland is," Hall said. "So I wasn't very hopeful."
"It did bring some relief just for other people's safety, and putting a face to who did it and maybe finding out more — did he have a motive, did he know Jacob, were they in something together, or was it random and was he robbing him," Hall continued.
Dreyer's family launched a GoFundMe to help with expenses.
Since the start of 2022, 19 people have been killed in more than 200 shootings in Portland. That's compared to 182 shootings in the first two months of 2021 and 89 in the first two months of 2020.