UPDATE: Portland Police Investigate Homicide

UPDATE: Portland Police Investigate Homicide

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June 11, 2010 15:39


The victim in this shooting has been identified as 32-year-old David Cosmo Jenkins. The Medical Examiner's Office has completed their autopsy and concluded that Mr. Jenkins died from a gunshot wound. Investigators do not believe that this homicide is gang related. Mr. Jenkins was driving a vehicle westbound on E. Burnside Street near the 8900 Block when he was shot. The vehicle he was driving then hit a pole and crashed into a residential yard in the area.

This is an ongoing investigation and Homicide Detectives have been assigned to the case. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call Detective Ken Whattam at 503-823-0696.


Last night at approximately 1:00 a.m., Portland Police Officers responded to a vehicle accident in the area of the 8900 Block of E. Burnside Street. When they arrived, they found three people in a vehicle that had hit a pole and eventually crashed into a yard of a residence in the area. The driver, a 32-year-old male, had life threatening injuries and was transported to OHSU Hospital and died several hours later. One of the passengers was also transported to the hospital and is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

At this time, investigators believe that the driver was shot just prior to the accident but are awaiting autopsy results. Homicide Detectives have been assigned to this case and an autopsy is scheduled to be performed later today. No arrests have been made in this incident and this is an ongoing investigation. The Gang Enforcement Team was also called to the scene to investigate any possible gang activity that might be tied to this case.

The identity of the victim will be released after family notification has been made.


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