Gun Linked to Portland Shootings Test Fired Within 30 Days of the Crime

3News is learning more about the investigation into the the man charged with shooting and sexually assaulting two young women in a Portland park two years ago, ultimately claiming the life of one of them.

The weapon that investigators believe was used to commit the crimes was test fired by police less than 30 days after the shootings took place on June 22, 2012. San Patricio County District Attorney Michael Welborn said it was the same gun that 27-year old David Strickland used to shoot Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin in the head.

The arrest affidavit reads, "Sergeant Roland Chavez received consent from David Strickland to test fire his weapon, a Glock .45 caliber pistol, after Strickland was seen carrying the pistol. Sergeant Chavez test fired the weapon and submitted the spent cases to the Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory in November of the same year. The report received from the laboratory states that the two shell casings recovered at the scene were matched with the spent casings from David Strickland's pistol. The report stated that all four shell casings were fired from the same weapon."

3News has also learned that, on Jan. 9 of this year, Strickland was arrested in Moab, Utah, by the Layton City Police Department for charges unrelated to this case. The Layton Police Department said Strickland was arrested for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and theft of a firearm.

"When Mr. Strickland was arrested, there was a handgun in his possession and it was not one of the weapons that was stolen from Mr. *******. It's a weapon that we believe we can show that he possessed, that he purchased, at or near the time of this murder, and we believe we can positively link that weapon to the murder of the young Olgin girl and the injury of Ms. Chapa."

The affidavit says, "items of evidence housed at the Layton Police Department include a Glock .45 firearm and magazines, a Kimber .45 firearm and magazines, an after-market barrel and suppressor, Underarmor gloves, and Federal .45 auto ammunition... Furthermore a black back pack... had a condom, personal lubricant, flex handcuffs, firearms holsters, a lock pick kit, chemical lights/sticks, tourniquet, and a magnesium fire starter."

Strickland has not yet stood trial for the charges he faces in Utah.


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