2 face murder charge in SE Portland slaying

Crime

De'Andre D. Rouse, 28, was shot to death January 4

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Portland man early Saturday in Southeast Portland, police said.

Just after 5 a.m. that day, shots were fired in the area of SE Stark Street and 151st Avenue. When officers arrived they found De’Andre D. Rouse already dead.

An autopsy concluded Rouse was shot and his death was ruled a homicide. Multiple shell casings from both .9mm and .40 caliber bullets were found at the scene where Rouse was shot to death.

On Monday, police said they arrested Christopher J. Watkins and Timothy E. Burks. Watkins, 19, and the 20-year-old Burks face a charge of 2nd-degree murder. A photo of Burks is not available at this time.

What court documents showed

In a release, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said police were already in the area on a different call when they heard the gunfire. An officer spotted a car with 2 people inside speeding away from the scene.

One officer pursued that speeding car while another checked around the area. That officer found an abandoned car with “a significant amount of blood in and around the driver’s seat… (and) a blood trail leading from the vehicle,” the DA’s office said.

More officers joined the search after getting tips that people were hiding in the area of NE 124th and Halsey and one of them was “bleeding heavily.”

Burks was wounded in the arm. He was arrested and will be arraigned later.

Watkins was arrested about an hour after the shooting around NE 102nd and Sacramento. Court documents showed his girlfriend used a “rideshare application” to get him a ride to that area.

Investigators later found .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a bike lane around NE 148th and Glisan, plus a .9mm semi-automatic handgun nearby.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PPB Detective Mark Slater (503.823.9319) or Detective Erik Kammerer (503.823.0762)

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