Gun Team Officers Seize Firearms Overnight

Portland Police Bureau

While on proactive patrol, officers with the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) conducted two separate traffic stops in less than 20 minutes that yielded illegally possessed firearms.

On January 5, 2020 at 12:40 a.m., officers stopped a car near Northeast 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. They arrested the driver on a drug charge from a previous incident. During the encounter, officers saw a passenger in the vehicle with a handgun under his leg. Officers safely took the passenger into custody and seized the gun, a .40 caliber semi-automatic (photo). Lathaniel J. Patterson, 21 (photo), was charged with Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place (city code), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Cocaine. The driver, Antonio L. Cabine, 25 (photo), was charged with Possession of Cocaine for the previous incident. Case number 20-4840.

Meanwhile, at 12:56 a.m., other officers with GVRT stopped a car for speeding at Southeast 146th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. During the stop, officers developed probable cause to arrest the driver for Assault. During the arrest, officers saw a gun, a .40 caliber semiautomatic, and a bindle of suspected cocaine in the car. Officers seized the evidence (photo).

Dennis R. Wilson, 33 (photo), was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place (city code), and Assault in the Fourth Degree constituting Domestic Violence. Case number 20-4863.

As released 2 weeks ago, a series of recent shootings throughout Portland have been determined to have a gang nexus, leading to an increased concern about retaliatory gun violence. The Gun Violence Reduction Team is already investigating these shootings, and they are asking for the public's assistance with information about these open cases.

In an effort to curb retaliatory violence, the Gun Violence Reduction Team is engaging in enhanced patrols to interdict criminal behaviors. In addition, the Gun Violence Reduction Team members will be coordinating with partners, including the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Multnomah County Parole and Probation, the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oregon Youth Authority, East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

Gun violence can result in death, serious injury, and life changing trauma to those targeted and also those in close proximity. Gun violence in furtherance of gang activity begets further violence. The Gun Violence Reduction Team and community partners will work together to attempt to curb this violence, but they need the community's help.

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