Portland police arrest Port Orchard man suspected in Bremerton shooting

Alexander Nelson - courtesy photo
Alexander Nelson
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Portland Police have arrested 20-year-old Alexander Nelson of Port Orchard, who allegedly shot a man in Bremerton on Tuesday during a drug deal gone awry.

The suspect was booked this morning at the Multnomah County Jail.

He allegedly shot a 26-year-old Bremerton man multiple times around 9 p.m. Tuesday, in the 1100 block of 12th Street in Bremerton following an argument over “what is believed to be an illegal drug transaction,” according to Sgt. Kevin Crane with the Bremerton Police Department.

The dispute broke out when the suspect, victim and several others were riding in a car together, according to Bremerton detectives.

The argument escalated “and moved out of the vehicle into the parking lot of an apartment complex,” according to the police report.

Nelson and his associates allegedly left the scene in the vehicle, and the others with the victim fled on foot.

Bremerton police arrived and found the victim in serious condition – with multiple gunshot wounds – and provided medical aid until EMS units arrived.

The victim was taken to Harrison Medical Center and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he went through a surgery that lasted several hours.

He is now in “critical but stable” condition, according to Bremerton police.

Police found the suspect vehicle at a residence on Glenwood Road in South Kitsap.

Kitsap County Superior Court issued a warrant for Nelson’s arrest for attempted first-degree murder, with bail at $500,000.

Nelson was found Wednesday at Portland's Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he went for treatment of a broken jaw.


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