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UPDATE #5: Suspect in Lents Neighborhood Homicide Booked into Jail on Murder Charge (Photo) - 02/28/24

William Albert Haynes, Jr was released from the hospital this afternoon and was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center on an arrest warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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***Original Messages Below***

The suspect in the Thursday Lents Neighborhood homicide investigation is identified as William Albert Haynes, Jr, 70, of Portland. Haynes is Janette Becraft’s husband.

He is in police custody at a local hospital while he is being treated for a medical condition unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement. Once he is released from the hospital, which may be days from now, he is expected to be booked into jail. Haynes’ charges will be released once he is booked.

Additional updates will be made via news release as appropriate to the investigation.

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***Original Message Below***

The victim of the deadly shooting in the Lents Neighborhood has been identified as Janette Becraft, 85, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death. They are asking for privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photo for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined Becraft died of homicide by gunshot wound.

A suspect is in police custody. The name will be released upon formal charging.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not spoken with police, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395 and reference case number 24-31552.

Photo description: Portrait of Janette Becraft

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***Original Messages Below***

One person was found deceased, and another person detained, after tactical teams responded to reports of a shooting in the Lents Neighborhood.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 9:52 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a shooting inside a home in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue. Officers determined the suspect was inside the home and they requested assistance from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) in order to safely take the suspect into custody. Officers went inside the home and located an adult female who was deceased. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. There is no ongoing threat to the community.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not spoken with police, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395 and reference case number 24-31552.

Additional updates will be provided as appropriate to the investigation.

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***Original Message Below***

Tactical Teams are responding to a report of a possible shooting and a potential suspect in a home possibly armed with a gun in the Lents Neighborhood.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 9:52a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at a house in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue. It is unknown if there is a victim or victims. Officers contacted a potential suspect in the home, but he has not cooperated with officers. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the scene.

A security perimeter is set up around Southeast Reedway Street and Southeast Foster Road, between Southeast 97th Avenue and Southeast 102nd Avenue. Area residents are asked to remain sheltered inside with doors locked at this time. The case number is 24-31552.

The PIO is enroute to the scene. Media staging will be Southeast Foster Road and Southeast 101st Avenue.

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