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Homicide victim identified (Photo) - 09/30/22

Update on 9/30/22 at 10:45 a.m.:

The victim in Tuesday’s homicide is identified as 67-year-old Danny Dee Barber.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.


Update on 9/28/22 at 1:15 p.m.:

The shooting suspect, 41-year-old Anthony Tibbits, will be booked into the Multnomah County jail on a charge of murder in the second degree.

The victim’s identity is being withheld until next of kin notifications and other investigative steps are completed.

The criminal investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.


Initial press release on 9/28/22 at 11:10 a.m.:

Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies arrested the suspect wanted in the shooting death of a man at a Fairview home on Wednesday, September 28.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the home in the 600 block of Lincoln Street at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th. Arriving deputies found the victim deceased in the home’s backyard. A perimeter was established around the property and information of the suspect’s identity and description were shared with law enforcement agencies across the region.

Deputies learned that a woman, who was described as having mobility issues, was still inside the home and needed help getting out. Deputies also learned that the suspect kept weapons inside the home. Based on this information, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) requested members of the East Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team to respond to the scene. The SWAT team is a group of highly trained Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies and Gresham Police officers that specialize in high-risk tasks. SWAT members entered the home, and the Gresham Police Department (GPD) launched a drone to provide aerial support and external lighting.

Shortly after entering the home, SWAT members located the woman in the basement area. She was not hurt. SWAT members escorted her out safely.

After performing a methodical, room-by-room search, around 10 p.m., SWAT members announced the home was clear; no additional people nor the suspect were located inside. Subsequently, the perimeter was reduced in size. Neighbors who lived inside the perimeter were allowed to move freely again, after being told earlier in the evening to stay inside for their safety.

Around 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, while detectives were at the home investigating, the suspect, 41-year old Anthony Tibbits, attempted to re-enter the crime scene. Deputies arrested Tibbits without incident.

Tibbits will be booked in the Multnomah County jail. His charges will be released to the public when he is booked into jail.

The victim’s identity is being withheld until next of kin notifications and other investigative steps are completed.

The East County Major Crimes Team (MCT) is leading the investigation. MCT consists of members from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Oregon State Police, Port of Portland Police Department and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

We want to extend our appreciation to the residents of Fairview, for their patience during this lengthy event that impacted the Old Town neighborhood. The area is safe; there is no longer a public safety threat.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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Transit Police holds second public safety mission in September (Photo) - 09/29/22

After receiving positive feedback from community members and TriMet riders and employees, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police Division (TPD) performed another public safety mission, the second of its kind in September.

In partnership with TriMet, the Milwaukie Police Department and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Transit Police Division focused on the MAX Orange Line in Milwaukie, particularly between the SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek MAX Station and the SE Park Ave MAX Station, the terminus of the Orange Line.

The purpose of these public safety missions is to create a safe and secure environment for riders and TriMet employees, address behavioral issues on the transit system and the immediate, surrounding neighborhoods and prevent crime through deterrence and education.

During the mission, on September 28th, approximately 20 officers and deputies performed high-visibility foot patrols, rode MAX trains and made numerous positive contacts, such as helping riders access trains and fielding questions about the transit system.

Also on hand were members of TriMet’s Safety Response Team (SRT), which provides outreach by offering those on and near the transit system with community-based resources, such as housing referrals, access to substance abuse treatment, first aid and other services. Following the arrest of an individual for a warrant, deputies worked with SRT members to develop a resource plan for the individual once they were released from custody.

In total, during the four-hour event, 40 warnings were issued and three arrests were made, all for existing warrants.

Earlier in September, Transit Police held a mission in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau near the E 122nd Ave MAX Station. You can view that mission’s press release by clicking here.

The missions are part of a larger public safety strategy developed by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, called the Enhanced Public Safety Initiative. Launched in April 2022, EPSI is a proactive, multi-layered strategy, developed to address the unprecedented levels of gun violence and traffic fatalities in our community, and to create community-engaged policing opportunities. The Sheriff's Office has collaborated with many partner agencies and community organizations, all united in the vision of creating a safe and thriving community for everyone.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy - 09/23/22

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

  • 415.00 Conducting Personal Business While on Duty Prohibited
  • 420.00 Membership in Certain Organizations Prohibited
  • 610.00 Post-Deadly Physical Force and Death in Custody
  • 615.00 Reporting Efforts to Control a Person
  • 620.00 Control Event Report Reviews
  • 905.00 Contact Information; Telephone and Address Confidentiality 
  • 1200.00 Communication with the Media 

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

To sign up for email notifications when policy reviews occur or get additional press releases from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, click here.

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Deputies seize 92,000 fentanyl pills, other drugs during investigation (Photo) - 09/22/22

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) deputies seized 92,000 fentanyl pills, 3 pounds of cocaine and 10 pounds of meth during a recent investigation.

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, deputies learned that a person was driving to the Portland-area with a substantial amount of illegal drugs. SIU deputies, with the assistance of Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, located and followed the vehicle into Clackamas County. A traffic stop was initiated by Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies and SIU presented the search warrant to the driver.

Inside the car, deputies discovered fentanyl, cocaine and meth. Drug tests revealed that the cocaine was also cut with fentanyl, which is a rising trend SIU has observed in the metro area.

Based on the deputies months long investigation, it is believed that the bulk of these drugs would have been distributed in Multnomah County.

Two suspects, 23-year-old Easton Hallock and 24-year-old Talulah Miroff, were arrested and booked into the Clackamas County jail on possession charges.

“Even the smallest amounts of fentanyl one pill can kill,” said Sheriff Mike Reese. “By taking more than 90 thousand fentanyl pills off our streets, our deputies are saving countless lives.”

We want to remind the public that it only takes 2 milligrams of fentanyl — about the weight of a few grains of salt — to cause a fatal overdose. Learn more about fentanyl, signs of an overdose and what you can do as a parent, by clicking here.

Multnomah County DDT is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the surrounding Oregon law enforcement agencies: U.S. Marshals, Portland Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department,  Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

 

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Concerning increase in search and rescue calls, SAR volunteers needed (Photo) - 09/20/22

The year is not over, and already the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has responded to more search and rescue calls than in any other year since the Eagle Creek Fire.

So far in 2022, MCSO has responded to:

  • 18 SAR activations in Multnomah County;
  • 14 SAR activations in the Columbia River Gorge, including 11 SAR activations since May and 5 SAR activations in August. Two SAR activations involved responding to fatal falls.

“It has been an extremely busy year,” Search and Rescue Coordinator Sergeant Brian Gerkman said. “We have not seen this activity since before the Eagle Creek Fire. Our search and rescue volunteers have done an exceptional job tackling trails in challenging conditions and circumstances.”

Search and rescue members believe the increase in activations can be attributed to the higher visitation rates to the Columbia River Gorge, with trails reopening post-fire and renewed interest in the outdoors post-pandemic.

We’ve found that the majority of people who need rescue are not prepared for trail and weather conditions or become disoriented and lost because they are unfamiliar with the area. And, hazards still exist in areas burned by the Eagle Creek Fire.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office partners exclusively with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue program, which is referred to as MCSOSAR. The 501(c)3 program is volunteer-based and majority youth. MCSOSAR volunteers work directly with sheriff’s deputies, who lead and coordinate search efforts.

MCSOSAR Head Advisor Ta Adams Keller says volunteer searchers have logged more than 9,000 hours combined this year, on the trail, and attending trainings and other community events.

Additional MCSOSAR statistics include:

  • 81 active search and rescue volunteers;
  • Volunteers have logged 1,257 mission hours in 2022;
  • Young adults comprise 60-percent of the general membership;
  • MCSOSAR is the second longest active search and rescue team in the region, operating since 1961.

MCSOSAR is currently recruiting dedicated, highly motivated adults, young adults and teenage volunteers that are at least 14 years old. Anyone is welcome to attend an orientation meeting for information about the organization and training program. The final orientation meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MCSO training building, 3083 NE 170th Pl., Portland, OR 97230. Applications for all new youth and adult members can be found on the MCSOSAR website.

Any additional questions about SAR, the recruitment process and months-long training can be directed to recruiting@mcsosar.org.

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Public safety mission results in dozens of traffic stops, public's help sought in crash involving deputy (Photo) - 09/16/22

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) continues its efforts to reduce gun and traffic violence in East Multnomah County. On the evening of September 11, deputies teamed-up with Gresham Police Department officers to perform a public safety mission, which yielded 45 traffic stops, 5 arrests and 1 firearm seizure.

This mission was a part of MCSO’s Enhanced Public Safety Initiative (EPSI). Launched in April 2022, EPSI is a data-driven violence reduction strategy focusing on reckless driving, speeding, impairment, gun violence and violent crime, particularly in communities and high crash corridors east of 162nd Avenue.

Since these efforts began, the missions have resulted in 276 traffic stops, 61 arrests, 9 recovered stolen vehicles and two recovered firearms, and deputies are credited with saving a person’s life by reversing a drug overdose.

During this weekend’s mission, a deputy spotted a black sedan driving at a high-rate of speed and swerving through lanes of traffic. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver of the sedan accelerated and turned toward the deputy’s car. The vehicle crashed head-on into the deputy’s car, which also had a K9 inside. The suspect got out of the vehicle and ran east into the Mount Hood Community College campus. A perimeter was set up, but he was not caught.

We are asking for the public’s help related to this suspect. If neighbors have surveillance video at their homes or businesses in the area of Mount Hood Community College, we are asking for the video to be reviewed. Particularly, cameras in the area of NE Kane Drive and NE 23rd Street in Gresham between 1:45 and 2 a.m. on Monday, September 12, may have caught the suspect running or hiding. If your video footage shows suspicious activity during that time frame, please leave a message on our confidential tip line at 503-988-0560.

Both the deputy and K9 did not suffer any injuries.

“I’m grateful that our deputy and K9 were not hurt as a result of this suspect’s reckless and careless actions,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “Missions, such as these, interrupt violence and deter criminal activity, and they have made a positive impact in the communities we serve, and we will continue the missions into the future.”

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Transit Police, Portland Police & TriMet partner on public safety mission in East Portland (Photo) - 09/14/22

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police Division, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau and TriMet, conducted a public safety mission on September 8, 2022, focusing on the immediate area of 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. The intersection is a high crime location, drawing numerous calls for service and complaints, and is the location of two recent shootings, on August 12 and August 28.

During the mission, approximately 20 officers and deputies performed high-visibility foot patrols, provided outreach, made numerous positive contacts with community members and addressed crime near the 122nd Ave. MAX Station and in the immediate neighborhood.

The crime reduction mission occurred between 4 and 8 p.m. According to data, this four-hour span is the time of day in which the Transit Police Division receives the highest number of calls for service.

As the mission got underway, Transit Police officers contacted a man trespassing on TriMet’s tracks. During the contact, deputies learned the man was in possession of a firearm. After further investigation, deputies determined the firearm was loaded and that it was stolen. They also learned the man was wanted for a prior illegal firearm possession crime.

Throughout the event, officers and deputies located replica firearms and drugs, including fentanyl, in powdered and pill form.

The mission resulted in 31 warnings and 15 arrests, and weapons and drug seizures. Charges ranged from criminal trespass to illegal possession of a firearm.

The event is part of a larger public safety strategy developed by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, called the Enhanced Public Safety Initiative (EPSI- LINK). Launched in April 2022, EPSI is a proactive, multi-layered strategy, developed to address the unprecedented levels of gun violence and traffic fatalities in our community, and to create community-engaged policing opportunities. The Sheriff's Office has collaborated with many partner agencies and community organizations, all united in the vision of creating a safe and thriving community for everyone.

Particularly, we want to thank the Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) and the Department of Community Justice’s Parole and Probation for their support, as well as the Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, which provided mobile booking resources to streamline the arrest and booking processes in the field.