UPDATE: Arrest Made in the 2019 Murder of Sean Kealiher (Photo)

August 04, 2022 17:01


On October 12, 2019, Sean Kealiher was struck by a vehicle at Northeast 9th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street. He was transported by private vehicle to the hospital, where he died. Portland Police Homicide Unit detectives, in conjunction with the PPB Traffic Division, responded and investigated. Mr. Kealiher’s death was ruled a homicide by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Through continued investigation, Christopher E. Knipe, 47, was identified a suspect. Today, August 4, 2022, Knipe was arrested for the murder of Sean Kealiher. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of Murder in the Second Degree.

At this time, investigators do not believe the crime was politically motivated.

Photo description: family photo of Sean Kealiher



UPDATE: PPB Homicide Detectives Continue Investigation, Seek Public's Help (Photo)

October 15, 2019 14:35

The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detectives continue to investigate the homicide that occurred on Saturday morning near the area of Northeast 9th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street.

As is standard protocol with all homicide investigations, Detectives have processed the scene for evidence, interviewed witnesses, and are following up on numerous leads. At this time, the motive behind this incident is still unknown. These investigations can take considerable time and we ask for the public's patience as we diligently work through the evidence and leads.

Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who was involved in the incident or who has information that could be connected, to come forward. Detective Scott Broughton can be reached at (503) 823-3774 or at scott.broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga can be reached at (503)823-0457 or at rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

PPB Detectives take these investigations seriously and cannot risk compromising an investigation by divulging information too soon in the process. We are committed to sharing what information we can when it will not hinder the investigation. We understand there is a high degree of public interest in this case and hope that interest helps us to gather information that can help us solve this tragic crime and other unsolved homicide investigations. Public safety is a shared responsibility and we appreciate those who assist us with our investigations into criminal matters.

Solving homicides is a priority for the Portland Police Bureau and we rely upon the public to help us to provide information to hold those responsible accountable. At times, individuals have information they do not realize is important, but can be critical to helping solve a case.

Information can be provided in an anonymous manner as well. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

There are a number of Portland homicides that remain unsolved and we ask for the public's help. Details about unsolved homicides and a tip form can be located here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35696



Portland Police is releasing updated information about the vehicle crash and shots fired call that happened this morning, including confirming that the victim dropped off at the hospital has died. Homicide Detectives are currently primary investigators.

After the crash, the patient suffered critical injuries. Associates of the victim placed him into a personal vehicle and transported him to the hospital, where doctors attempted lifesaving measures. The victim did not survive.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim and determined the manner of death was homicide and the cause was blunt force trauma. The victim is identified as Sean D. Kealiher, 23, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death, and provided the attached picture of him for public release.

No arrests have been made.

Investigators believe that there are witnesses and community members with information about this incident and the chain of events that led up to it. If anyone has information, they're asked to contact Detective Scott Broughton at (503) 823-3774, Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga 503-823-0457 Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

No additional information can be released at this time to protect the integrity of this ongoing homicide investigation.

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Central Precinct officers are on the scene of a shooting into a vehicle where the vehicle crashed into a commercial building in the Kerns Neighborhood.

This morning, Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:14 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of shots heard in the area of Northeast 8th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street. They also learned that a vehicle crashed into a building.

When officers arrived they found a SUV crashed into the side of a commercial building and no one around. They also located evidence of gunfire into the vehicle. A short time later, a report came in of an injured person at a local hospital who had been dropped off by a private vehicle. The nature of the injuries and the condition of that patient is not being released pending further investigation.

The area around the crash scene at Northeast 8th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street is closed for about 2 blocks in each direction. No major roadways are impacted by the closure.

Investigators believe there may be witnesses who left the area prior to police arrival and were not contacted by investigators. If anyone has any information about this incident, please call the police non-emergency dispatch line at 503-823-3333.

The PIO is not responding. More information will be released when appropriate.

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