Man arrested in Gresham murder

Alamo S. Williams, pictured in his jail booking photo following his arrest by Gresham police Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (Multnomah County Jail)
Alamo S. Williams, pictured in his jail booking photo following his arrest by Gresham police Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspected gunman faced a judge Thursday on one count of murder in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man last weekend in Gresham.

Alamo S. Williams, 42, is accused of killing Jeffery Oliver Pope Jr. Saturday.

Williams was arrested Wednesday at about 6:45 p.m. in the area of Northeast Ainsworth and 18th Avenue in Portland, officials said. At the same time, Gresham and Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at Williams’ home in the 100 block of Northeast Jessup Street.

Pope was found shot to death inside his Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the Rockwood Park Apartments at Northeast 173rd Avenue and Couch Street Saturday afternoon. Officers had been called to the apartment to do a welfare check on a man reportedly slumped over in a vehicle.

A viewer photo shows the crime scene at the Rockwood Garden Apartment complex following a shooting. (KOIN. Oct. 1, 2013)

A viewer photo shows the crime scene at the Rockwood Park Apartment complex following a shooting. (KOIN. Oct. 1, 2013)

The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.

Over the last four days, new information lead detectives to seek an arrest warrant against Williams. Police have not released why they believe he is the shooter, nor have they provided any possible motive in the case. Williams and Pope reportedly knew each other for several years. The nature of their relationship was not disclosed.

Williams was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of murder. He is being held without bail.

Williams made his first court appearance Thursday. He was escorted into the Justice Center under suicide watch. During the hearing he mouthed to word “I’m sorry” to a woman in the back row. The woman, who declined to identify herself, spoke with Williams’ court-appointed attorney afterwards. Neither wanted to speak with reporters outside the courtroom. No formal plea was entered. Defense attorney, Russell S. Barnett III, said the case will now go before a grand jury.

The Gresham Police Department is still asking for the public’s help in the case. Anyone with additional information on Williams, Pope or the days leading up to the shooting, should call the Gresham police Tip Line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.

Williams’ next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 11.

– Brent Weisberg

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