Arrest made in murder at downtown Portland nightclub

Arrest made in murder at downtown Portland nightclub

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by KGW.com Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:08 AM

PORTLAND – Portland police arrested a 31-year-old man and accused him of murder in the shooting death of a bouncer outside a downtown Portland club early Saturday morning.

The gunfire included a police officer but the Portland Police Bureau offered few details of that aspect of the shooting.

Kevin Charles Moffett was being held at the Multnomah County Jail. He was arrested  early Saturday evening after detectives interviewed several people, said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday afternoon for the 32-year-old victim.

Just after 1:30 a.m. a Portland police officer was investigating a fight at Club 915, near SW 2nd Avenue and SW Taylor Street. Within seconds, he reported that shots were fired.

A second officer soon found the victim on the ground nearby. Police said hundreds of people were exiting the club at the time.

“In the course of interacting with persons associated with the shooting,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, “the second officer discharged his firearm.”

There were no reports that anyone had been hit by the shot fired from that weapon, Simpson told KGW.
 
Officers from the East, Central and North Portland precincts, as well as the Traffic Division and Gang Enforcement units helped control the crowd at the scene.

Medical personnel transported victim to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

A large area of downtown Portland was closed off for several hours to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Streets from Yamhill to Main and First to Fourth were shut down.

The officer who fired a weapon will be placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457 or Detective Paul Dolbey at (503) 823-0451.

In November, a patron, Michael Ellis, was asked to leave Club 915 after acting erratically. He was found dead in a frigid fountain on the Waterfront. An autopsy showed by died of hypothermia.

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