Arrest Made in May 2021 Hazelwood Shooting (Photo)

October 16, 2021 12:37


A months long investigation into a shooting in the Hazelwood Neighborhood has led to an arrest for felony assault charges and the seizure of a gun.

On Friday, May 28th, 2021 at 3:47p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 12000 Block of Southeast Ash Street on the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found person suffering from a serious, but non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) investigators responded to the scene and started an investigation.

For more than 4 months, investigators worked the case and developed information on a suspect. On Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, ECST, the Special Emergency Reaction Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team located and arrested the suspect in the 1400 block of Northeast 112th Avenue. Joseph W. Smoot, 30, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on an arrest warrant for Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Firearm) and Burglary in the First Degree.

A search warrant was executed on a vehicle connected to Smoot and a loaded 9mm pistol was recovered (photo).

If anyone has information about this case (PPB Case #21-144201) or any other shooting, they're asked to contact Portland Police at and reference the corresponding case number.

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Photo description: black semiautomatic pistol with slide locked back next to a magazine loaded with ammunition



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