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article imagePortland police investigate two officer-involved shootings

By Jenna Griffith     Jan 2, 2011 in Crime
Portland - Police cars and other emergency vehicles filled the area around 82nd and Powell today as officers investigated an officer-involved shooting. This is the second officer-involved shooting since the start of the new year.
According to Koin Local 6, traffic was diverted from 82nd around 4 p.m. Officers in a staging area around 82nd and Division only told witnesses that the victim was a homeless man.
The first shooting was in the early morning on Jan. 1, at Club 915. Witnesses told police a fight started on the second floor of the club, located at 915 Southwest 2nd Ave. The two groups fighting were taken outside by bouncers, where the fighting culminated in gunshots.
Two officers were called to the scene, and one officer found a shooting victim on the ground while patrons of the club were filing out of the club. The officer fired his weapon while trying to help the victim. The officer's shot did not hit anyone.
Ruben Mata, 32, a bouncer at the club and the victim of the first shooting, was fatally wounded and died soon after at a nearby hospital.
The investigation of the first club shooting went on until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Officers then arrested Kevin Charles Moffett, 31. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on murder charges.
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