Gresham murder suspect turns himself in

Kevin Dewayne Varnado, 27, died of gunshot wound, 2 others injured

Wallace Simpson was arrested and charged in a Gresham homicide case, August 11, 2015. (Gresham PD)
Wallace Simpson was arrested and charged in a Gresham homicide case, August 11, 2015. (Gresham PD)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) -– A person of interest in Saturday’s Gresham homicide turned himself in to police Tuesday and was charged with murder, officials said.

Monday afternoon, police revealed Portland resident Wallace Theodor Simpson, 29, was involved in the shooting.

On Tuesday, Simpson reportedly turned himself in to police. He was subsequently arrested and charged in relation to the homicide, Gresham Police Dept. said.

Police identified 3 people involved in the shooting in Gresham on Saturday night.

Kevin Dewayne Varnado, 27, was found dead shortly before 6 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 1700 block of Northeast 162nd. Officers responded to the area after reports came in of multiple shots fired.

Police said Varnado died of a gunshot wound.

Malcom Xavier Jesse, 21, and Collett Renee Harris, 29, were also hurt in the shooting, police said. Detectives have not released information of their involvement in the shooting. Both Jesse and Harris are expected to survive.

Police said Varnado was found in the parking lot and Jesse a short distance away. Harris drove herself to the hospital, according to police.

Everyone involved in the shooting reportedly knew each other.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call non-emergency at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

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