Portland, OR

Reward offered as Portland police seek information in 2020 homicide

Liam Ford

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Anthony McNaughton was shot in November 2020.| Portland Police Bureau

PORTLAND, OR — One year later, Portland police are still looking for information in the shooting death of Anthony McNaughton.

McNaughton, 37, was shot in the afternoon of Nov. 27, 2020, near NE Glisan St. and Broadway. He was taken to hospital but later died. His sister, Becah, was at his side.

“It was probably the most horrific thing I’ve been through in my life,” she told KGW8.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering up to $2,500 cash for tips that lead to an arrest.

Tips can be submitted at crimestoppersoforegon.com or using the P3 Tips app from the App Store.

Gun violence has been on the uptick in Portland, according to statistics from the Portland Police Bureau.

November 2019 saw 33 shooting incidents. That nearly tripled to 98 in November 2020. Numbers haven’t been released for this month yet, but 129 incidents were reported in October.

With two months to go until 2022, Portland is sitting at 1,080 incidents of gun violence this year. There was a total of 891 incidents in 2020.

Meanwhile, police are hoping to have a team hired to address gun violence this week and active by January, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The police bureau planned to have hiring done by today, Chief Chuck Lovell said last week.

The Focused Intervention Team replaces the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which was disbanded in 2020 following cuts to the police budget in the wake of the defund the police movement.

The Focused Intervention Team is to operate with oversight from a community organization, which began meeting in June.

Portland police had difficulty in getting officers to sign up for the new team. As of August, four officers had applied, but not one had been assigned, Portland Police spokesman Lt. Greg Pashley told KGW8.

“It's not that unusual to have low numbers of people put in for job openings depending on what the job is and what's going on at the time,” Pashley said.

The police department wasn’t given extra funding to pay for the team, he added.

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