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17-year-old dies in North Portland shooting

September 26, 2005 00:00

  

Update:

17-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN NORTH PORTLAND HOMICIDE

On November 3, 2005, 17-year-old Michael Laverne Jasper was charged with one count of Murder in connection with the September 25, 2005, shooting death of 17-year-old Richard Anthony Minniefield Jr. Jasper has been in custody since September 26, 2005, when he was arrested on other charges. Information received during the initial stages of the investigation led detectives to consider Jasper a suspect, but he was not charged with the victim’s death until a Multnomah County Grand Jury returned an indictment this week. Jasper is the second suspect arrested in connection with this investigation. On October 21, 2005, 16-year-old Mark Edward Millage was also arrested in connection with the victim’s murder.

Homicide detectives also wish to publicly acknowledge the victim’s father, Richard Anthony Minniefield Sr., whose steadfast support of the criminal investigation and personal appeal to several witnesses was instrumental in leading to the indictment of the suspects. Mr. Minniefield was unyielding in his desire to encourage and support the investigative process.

Detectives continue to seek witnesses who may have any information in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Geiger at (503) 823-0768 or Detective Barry Renna at (503) 823-0255.

This investigation is continuing.

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On Sunday, September 25, 2005, at 4:59 p.m., Northeast Precinct officers responded to a reported shooting in the intersection of North Haight Avenue and North Emerson Street. Officers arrived and found 17-year-old Richard Anthony Minnifield Jr. collapsed on the pavement. Minnifield was transported to OHSU where he died early Monday morning.

Homicide Detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation. Based on witness statements, investigators believe Minnifield was shot while he was talking to several young black males. Immediately after the shooting, Minniefield fell to the ground and several subjects fled the intersection.

Detectives are seeking witnesses who may have any information in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Geiger at (503) 823-0768 or Detective Barry Renna at (503) 823-0255.

This investigation is continuing.

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