'I'd trade places': Twin brother of man shot and killed by police wants justice
Police say Andre Gladen, 36, entered a stranger's home Sunday afternoon and refused to leave. The situation escalated, and an officer shot and killed him. Gladen's brother said his death could've been avoided.
Fonte Gladen, Andre's twin brother, says Andre was in Portland visiting a cousin, and hadn't heard from him in nearly three weeks. He was worried Andre had another psychotic episode -- something, he says, that has been happening more after losing his eye in a shooting about five years ago.
"It's been kind of hard for him because, how do you live your whole life with your vision and then have it taken from you? He went through a lot," said Gladen.
Gladen says Adventist Medical Center told his family Andre was staying at the hospital hours before he ended up at Desmond Pescaia's doorstep. In an interview with KATU News Sunday night, Pescaia said Andre had been acting strangely.
"He tells me he's legally blind, but he sees some guy in a white hood trying to kill him. (He asks) if he can come into my house. I said 'No, you need to leave,'" said Pescaia.
Pescaia said he gave Andre some water, but he wouldn't leave. Soon after, Pescaia said he slipped into his house and refused to leave.
Police say Officer Consider Vosu responded to the call. He used a stun gun on Andre, but when that didn't work, the officer shot and killed him.
Investigators later found a knife at the scene, which Pescaia says Andre pulled on Vosu.
"Cop had no choice but to shoot him. The cop warned him several times: 'Stand down or I'm going to shoot you. Stand down or I'm going to shoot you. Stand down or I'm going to shoot you.' And three shots were fired," Pescaia said. "To see someone murdered like that, with a 9 mm going off right in your ear, and to have it happen in your own house."
Gladen's son, Andre Gladen Jr., told KATU on Tuesday night that his father suffered from schizophrenia. Fonte doesn't think his brother meant to harm anyone. He says the hospital and police could've done more to protect his brother.
"If he had just left the hospital, I don't think they should've let someone walk out in that state of mind," said Gladen. "That's my twin brother, that's a part of me that's no longer here. I don't know how to fill that void."
KATU News reached out to Adventist Medical Center, but it has not immediately responded.
Fonte Gladen said he and his family plan to fly to Portland to protest police brutality.
"We plan to bother the police department, the police chief, the mayor, the hospital until we receive the justice my brother deserves," he said.