Fight over headphones leads to gunfire in SE Portland

Fight over headphones leads to gunfire in SE Portland »Play Video
Joshua Smith with his headphones on. KATU photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police are asking for the public's help to identify a man who fired a gun near a MAX platform in Southeast Portland Thursday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m., Portland police and transit officers responded to the MAX platform at Southeast Foster Road and Interstate 205 after learning that a man had threatened another man with a gun.

As police were en route, they received additional information that there may have been shots fired and a man hit with gunfire before the suspect rode away on a bicycle.

Officers arrived and found the victim, 28-year-old Joshua Smith, who told police he was not shot, but did cut himself during a struggle with the suspect.

Smith said he was seated on the west side of the platform waiting for the MAX train when the suspect rode up on a bicycle and asked to listen to his headphones. When Smith refused, that's when things changed.

"He had a gun in his waist," Smith said. "He pulls out a gun - it was a revolver with a six-inch barrel. He goes 'I really think you should let me listen to that.' That's when I decided sitting on this isn't the best situation. I'm pretty vulnerable here."

Smith said the suspect fired about five shots - some into the air and some towards the MAX train (TriMet could not confirm that shots were fired at the train).

Smith said he then grabbed onto the suspect and they struggled to the ground, where Smith cut his arm.

The suspect then got up and left the area on a bicycle. He was last seen heading southbound on Southeast 92nd Avenue.

Suspect Description

  • Hispanic male in his mid-20s
  • Was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts, and a black baseball hat that was on backwards
  • Was riding a black BMX bicycle

Tips

Portland police are asking for anyone with information to contact robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.