What happened to Joel Arevalo?

Basic Facts – Joel Michael Arevalo, 30, was shot and killed by Portland Police Bureau acting Sergeant Zachary Kenney and Officer Reynaldo Guevara on February 19, 2022 in a condominium parking lot in Portland, Oregon. According to family members, Arevalo was a person who had struggled in the past with mental illness and addiction.

Man fatally shot by Portland police was suspect in earlier shooting, grand jury transcripts say
Oregonian, January 31, 2023

Portland police shot and killed a man last February when he tried to pull a handgun from his jacket pocket as they confronted him at a Southwest Portland condo complex hours after he fired shots at his roommate, according to newly released transcripts of the grand jury investigation.

A Multnomah County grand jury later cleared Officer Reynaldo Guevara and Acting Sgt. Zachary Kenney of criminal wrongdoing in the death of Joel Arevalo, 30, at the Broadway View Condominiums.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has now released transcripts of testimony presented to the grand jury, providing the first clear public account of the fatal encounter.

Grand Jury Transcript – July 27, 2022
Grand Jury Transcript – July 28, 2022

Grand jury clears 2 Portland police officers in fatal shooting in Southwest Hills
Oregonian, July 28, 2022

Two Portland police officers who fatally shot a reportedly armed man in February after he refused to show his hands acted lawfully, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Thursday evening.

A grand jury issued “a not true bill” — a legal term meaning the death was justified — after weighing the deadly use of force by Portland Police Bureau Acting Sergeant Zachary Kenney and Officer Reynaldo Guevara against Joel M. Arevalo in Portland’s Southwest Hills neighborhood

Michael Arevalo

Michael Arevalo

Neighbors, brother of man killed by Portland police at Southwest Hills condos search for answers: ‘I was devastated’
Oregonian, March 5 2022

Residents of a Southwest Hills condominium complex are grappling with plenty of questions — and few answers — two weeks after Portland police fatally shot a man at the property nestled between downtown and OHSU Hospital.

Joel M. Arevalo, 30, was shot dead on the private drive linking the units of the Broadway View Condominiums on the night of Feb. 19.

Among the questions authorities have declined to answer is whether Arevalo was armed at the time of his death — and if he was a suspect in the disturbance and shots fired call that brought police to the wooded hills two hours before he was killed.

Man fatally shot by Portland police was suspect in earlier shooting, report says
Oregonian, March 5 2022

The man fatally shot by Portland police two weeks ago refused to show his hands or follow orders from officers who had just learned he was suspected in a previous shooting, according to an official filing.

Police reported finding a gun next to the body of Joel M. Arevalo, who died Feb. 19 on the private street of the Broadway Heights condominiums in Portland’s Southwest Hills neighborhood.

Neighbors at the wooded complex have spent two weeks wondering why police shot Arevalo, 30. And while Portland police had previously declined to answer questions from The Oregonian/OregonLive, the agency on Feb. 25 filed a brief summary of the incident to the Oregon Department of Justice, as required by state law.

Portland police ID man fatally shot by officers at Southwest Hills condos
Oregonian, February 23, 2022

Portland police fatally shot a person while responding to a disturbance call in the Southwest Hills neighborhood Saturday night.

Officers responding to the 900 block of Southwest Broadway Drive were informed that shots had been fired while they were on their way to the scene at 6:42 p.m., officials said. Police said that prompted officers to activate a “shelter in place” order and set up a perimeter. When police arrived, witnesses directed them to the person who had fired a gun, Portland Police Lt. Nathan Sheppard said.

Deceased Suspect in Southwest Hills Residential League Neighborhood Shooting Identified
PPB Press Release – updated 2/23/2022


On February 19, 2022, at 6:42pm, Central Precinct Officers were dispatched to the 900 Block of Southwest Broadway Drive on a disturbance call. While officers were enroute, they were updated by dispatch that shots had been fired. Central Precinct activated a “shelter in place” order and set up a perimeter. While the incident was being investigated, an officer involved shooting occurred. The subject of the officer involved shooting died at the scene, and no officers were hurt. The shelter in place has since been lifted for area residence at there is no longer believed to be a known danger to the public.

Homicide Detectives are on scene to conduct an investigation. Southwest Broadway Drive will be closed for several blocks in either direction while the investigation is underway.

Chief Lovell has spoken with the Mayor and they are monitoring both tonight’s officer involved shooting, and the shooting near the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street, where one person was killed and five others were injured by gunfire.