Suspect Arrested After Firing Rifle At Another

June 10, 2021 14:20


*This update adds a photo of the rifle that was seized as evidence*

On June 9, 2021 at about 10:30 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the report of shots fired in the Montavilla neighborhood, near Northeast 75th Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street. Callers reported hearing people yelling and the sound of gunshots. Callers reported seeing a man armed with a rifle out in the street.

When officers arrived they saw 37-year-old Tsaan Kuang Saelee standing in the street armed with a rifle. There were bystanders and witnesses out in the area who police directed to move away for their own safety. Saelee moved behind a parked car and reemerged without the rifle, then started to run away. Officers took him into custody and recovered the rifle which had been stashed behind a car.

Police found evidence of gunfire, and based on the ensuing investigation believe that Saelee intentionally fired the rifle at an individual present at the scene; however nobody had been shot.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to investigate.

Saelee exhibited signs of recent drug use so police had medical personnel examine him at the scene. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance prior to booking.

Later, officers transported Saelee to jail for Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault I, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference case 21-156754 and e-mail .

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