Caught on camera: Man sentenced after MAX shooting

Michael Adams told officials the shooting was 'street justice'

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A 60-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday after he was caught on camera shooting another man on a TriMet MAX platform.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said Michael Adams pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree attempted assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm enhancement.

The investigation started on May 29, 2018 when officers responded to the 82nd Avenue MAX platform in Northeast Portland.

After the shooting, community members, including a TriMet bus driver, kept the area clear so others could help the victim before paramedics and law enforcement arrived. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

Officers worked with TriMet to get surveillance video of the entire incident.

The video shows the victim walking northbound on 82nd Avenue in front of a TriMet bus stop. Adams is seen walking up behind the man and confronting him. Officials later learned that Adams was upset with the victim over an unpaid debt.

"This shooting happened on the sidewalk, inches away from innocent bystanders," Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman said. "This shooting stands out not only because it happened during the day, but because Michael Adams, after shooting the victim, tucks his gun into his waistband and walks away like nothing happened."

Adams was arrested on Aug. 1, 2018 after they found a .38 caliber revolver strapped to his waist. He told officials that he knew he wasn't supposed to have a gun because he was a convicted felon. According to the DA's office, Adams also said he shot the man "to send a message" and that shooting him was "street justice."

“The law doesn’t allow us to take justice into our own hands and shoot people…this was not a self-defense case, and I do think this is an appropriate sentence under the circumstances,” Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Karin Immergut said during the sentencing on Thursday.

The case was resolved through a carefully negotiated settlement. The DA's office said they took into account mitigating factors that included Adams' remorse and cooperation with law enforcement.

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