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UPDATE: Suspect in 2022 Homicide, 2024 Injury Shooting Arrested - 03/20/24

A suspect is in custody and facing murder and attempted murder charges related to two shootings over the course of the last two years.

On Saturday, August 6, 2022, Jacob A. Fitzgerald shot and killed Otis Abner.

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, Fitzgerald was involved in a shooting that injured a witness in the 2022 homicide.

On Monday, March 18, 2024, the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Unit, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU), apprehended Fitzgerald. The 23-year-old was transported to the hospital for treatment of an illness unrelated to his arrest.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Fitzgerald was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Murder in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (three counts), Assault in the First Degree (two counts), Hindering Prosecution, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (two counts), Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Menacing (two counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Burglary in the First Degree (four counts).

PPB would like to thank the community for assistance with this case.

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***Original Messages Below***

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in locating a homicide suspect.

Jacob A. Fitzgerald, 23, is believed to be involved in the shooting death of Otis Abner in August 2022 (details below). Fitzgerald is also believed to be involved in a February 2024 shooting that injured an individual who witnessed the 2022 homicide.

Fitzgerald is described as a Caucasian male, 6'2", 200 lbs. He is houseless and frequents the North Columbia Boulevard area. Fitzgerald should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who spots him is urged to call 911 immediately.

Photo description: Jacob Fitzgerald

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***Original Messages Below***

The victim in this homicide is identified as 53-year-old Otis Abner. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Abner’s family has been notified of his death and has asked for privacy at this time.

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An investigation is underway after a shooting in the East Columbia Neighborhood where one person is deceased.

On Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2:09a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of someone shot in the 1100 block of North Schmeer Road. When they arrived they located a person deceased.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called an no immediate arrests have been made. No suspect information is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit is responding to the scene. During the investigation, North Schmeer Road is closed between North Horseshoe Avenue and North Whitaker Road.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466, or Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889, and reference case number 22-210609.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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