A 30-year-old man wanted on a single count of murder in connection with a Southeast Portland homicide was on supervised probation at the time of the killing, according to court records.

On July 15, Ricky Dean Seaman pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.

His probation was assigned to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerry B. Hodson. Seaman was ordered not to associate with anyone who used or possessed drugs and to participate in a drug evaluation and treatment program. As part of his sentence, his driver’s license was suspended for six months.

Now, Portland police have identified Seaman as the suspect in Friday’s shooting death of 25-year-old Tyler Jeffrey Woods in Southeast Portland. Woods was shot  at 8 p.m. Friday near Southeast 132nd Avenue and Bush Street.

Ricky Dean Seaman, 30, (on left) is being sought for murder in the Friday night, Sept. 25, 2015 fatal shooting of Tyler Jeffrey Woods, 25 (on right). (Portland Police Bureau) 

East Precinct officers, along with members of the bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team, set up a neighborhood perimeter to search for the gunman Friday night, but did not find him.

Seaman has five prior felony convictions, including for second-degree robbery in 2010 and unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has four misdemeanor convictions and 11 probation violations, according to court records.

Portland police Monday described Seaman as armed and dangerous, and Crime Stoppers announced a $1,000 reward for his arrest.

Anyone with information on this case can leave a tip on the Crime Stopper’s website; text CRIMES to 274637 and put 823HELP in the subject line; or call 503-823-4357. A Crime Stopper’s app for iPhone and Android phones is also available online.

— Maxine Bernstein


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