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OCPD: Wanted shooter escapes quick police response

UPDATE: Suspect turns himself in Friday morning


Oregon City police Friday morning were still looking for a suspected shooter who apparently fled out a downstairs side door of the home as officers were arriving.

Christopher Porter arrived at the Oregon City Police Department at around 11 a.m. to turn himself in. Following an interview, he was taken into custody and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on one count of menacing (bail $7,500) and one count of unlawful use of a weapon (bail $15,000).

Around 11:37 p.m. Thursday night, a call came into 911 reporting about five gunshots heard coming from 329 Myrtle St. in Oregon City followed by someone calling for help.

While OCPD was responding, a second call came into 911 from the homeowner of the Myrtle Street home, reporting his roommate, identified as 31-year-old Christopher John Earl Porter, just fired six shots from a .44-caliber handgun inside the house while two other men were in the home.

Photo Credit: OCPD - PorterOCPD officers arrived in less than two minutes and set up a perimeter around the house. The homeowner and his friend came out and met with police, reporting the suspect ran upstairs. OCPD repeatedly tried unsuccessfully to call Porter from the home. Eventually the Clackamas County Interagency SWAT team responded to assist with trying to remove the suspect from the home and arrest him safely.

Richard Davis, a neighbor, said he and two other people were walking to a local grocery store when they heard the shooting while on Molalla Avenue.

“The police took us to duck and cover,” Davis told KOIN 6 News. “We were hiding behind a wall, and that’s when police told us to run.”

After several hours with no contact, the SWAT team made entry into the home and found Porter was not inside. No one inside the home was shot or injured during the incident.

Detectives continue to investigate details of the incident.

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