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Reward offered in road-rage shooting that shattered arm of Portlander Mike Hilbrandt

Posted by on May 22nd, 2020 at 9:14 am

A post from Mike Hilbrandt’s Instagram when he left the hospital two weeks ago.

The bullet shattered two bones that had to be rebuilt with hardware.

The Portland Police Bureau is still on the hunt for the man who shot a bicycle rider after an interaction on East Burnside.

It happened on May 5th around 10:22 pm when southeast Portland resident Mike Hilbrandt rode up behind a small SUV that had stopped in the bike lane on Burnside between 12th and 13th. Hilbrandt says he tapped on the window to let the driver know he was on the left. The driver then yelled, “I’m going to shoot you!” and then chased after Hilbrandt. A few blocks away on SE Ankeny, he pulled out a gun and shot him. The bullet shattered bones in Hilbrandt’s left arm. After several surgeries (and more to come), he’s currently home from the hospital and on the mend.

But the sting of injustice remains as his potential killer is still on the loose.

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Crime Stoppers of Oregon has teamed up with the PPB in hopes of finding someone with information about what happened. Hilbrandt recalls that a woman had just left the man’s SUV but she has yet to come forward.

The shooter is described as a heavyset black male 30-40 years old. The SUV was a newer, small 4-door that is grey or silver in color.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $2,500 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest. You can leave an anonymous tip via this online form or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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I’d like to throw in a few bucks reward money if that is possible.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

For the life of me, I just cannot understand the thought process that goes from “you tapped on my window” to “I am going to shoot you.”

J_R
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J_R

How much effort has the PPB put into this? One would think there are security cameras in the area that could have led to the vehicle and the driver/shooter.

Hickeymad
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Hickeymad

Why did it take so long to get a description out there of the perp?

The Arbitrator
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The Arbitrator

Lets consider there is more to this story. Perhaps the entitled biker hit the car window harder than said and the car owner felt threatened and defended himself.

Jay John
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Jay John

I just saw this article. If the “victim” lived here three years ago I would say he is a dead ringer for the same guy that tried to punch my off side front seat window with his bare fist on 20th and East Burnside. Why?

I rolled down my window and he screamed: “Turn your lights on!” Yes, it was dusk and I thanked him as he racked his handle bars on the side of my new car. He sped off a truly crazed man. He scared the shit out me. Are YOU the same guy?

warner
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warner

late comment, but== this still enrages me, ugh