PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A father told police that he feared someone was going to shoot into his vehicle, possibly wounding him or his young daughter, as they were stopped at an intersection in the Concordia neighborhood, court documents state.
Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said officers with the Gang Enforcement Team were flagged down by the father Monday night near the intersection of Northeast Alberta and 28th Avenue. Multnomah County Deputy DA Nicole Jergovic wrote in court documents the father told GET Officer Charles Ashiem a group of men surrounded the vehicle and several of them “pointed their hands at him like they were shooting a gun at his car.”
Simpson said the driver saw one of the men pull a gun out of his waistband and started walking closer to the car. The father quickly drove off and flagged down police. He told officers he thought the men may have confused him for someone else, Jergovic wrote.
GET officers located the suspect – identified as Deshawn Ronald Nichols, Jergovic wrote. Some of the men who surrounded the car are associated to the Rollin’ 60 Crips and the Kerby Blocc Crips, court documents state.
Nichols was seen walking towards a nearby vehicle and officers feared he may have stashed the gun inside the car, court documents state. When he was detained by police, Nichols “seemed unduly nervous,” Jergovic wrote. GET officers eventually recovered a black semi-automatic pistol that was found in the vehicle Nichols was associated with, court documents state.
When Nichols was finally detained, after attempting to flee from police, he yelled out “That’s not my gun! That’s my girl’s! She needs it for protection,” Jergovic wrote. Keys to the vehicle where the gun was found were located in Nichols front pocket, court documents state.
Eventually, Nichols admitted that, although he was not a gang member, he knew the significance of June 8 – a day that the Woodlawn Park Bloods claim the park “as theirs,” Jergovic wrote. Nichols eventually admitted it was “dumb” to have the gun and said he tried to run from police because he was worried about going to jail again on another weapons case.
Nichols was arraigned Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Since Jan. 1, 2015, there have been 69 cases assigned to the PPB Gang Enforcement Team. This time last year that number was 54, according to police.