1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 13, 2005 00:00
On Wednesday, October 12, 2005, at 10:42 p.m., 18-year-old Marchelow Vaida was shot by Portland Police Officers during an exchange of gunfire after a short foot pursuit. The shooting occurred after two Gang Enforcement Team officers, a 31-year-old, 8-year veteran and a 32-year-old, 7-year-veteran, attempted to contact Vaida near the intersection of North Fremont Street and North Vancouver Avenue. Vaida fled, and a short time later, fired several shots at the pursuing officers. Officers returned fire and struck Vaida several times.
Homicide Detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation. After processing the crime scene, Detectives believe that approximately 40 rounds were exchanged, with officers firing the majority of rounds. The suspect was shot numerous times, but is expected to survive his injuries. Detectives believe the officers unsuccessfully deployed a Taser prior to the shooting, but are still investigating the sequence of events.
After he was shot, evidence indicates that Vaida was conscious, alert, and talking on his cell phone while he was lying on the ground with his loaded handgun nearby. Because Vaida refused to obey numerous commands, officers deployed at least two less lethal beanbag rounds. The Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated to arrest Vaida, and SERT medics provided the initial medical assistance.
Initial information indicated that there might have been a second suspect involved in either the shooting or foot pursuit. This information was based largely on a 9-1-1 call received at approximately the same time as the foot pursuit. Detectives now believe Vaida was the sole suspect involved.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Bryan Steed at (503) 823-0395 or Detective Lynn Courtney at (503) 823-0451. This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson