Police identify man shot and killed by officer in Southeast Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Police Bureau identified the man who was shot and killed by an officer Sunday afternoon as 36-year-old Andre C. Gladen.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Gladen died from gunshot injuries. Toxicology results are still pending.
Officers responded to a home in the 9600 block of Southeast Market Street around 2 p.m. Sunday after a resident said a man, who he had never seen before, began pounding on his door and tried to get inside.
The resident said he went into his landlady’s home to call the police after the man refused to leave.
According to the resident, Desmond Pescaia, the man ran into a bedroom and pulled a knife. He said an officer used a stun gun on the intruder, but the man wouldn’t stand down.
"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," he 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.
"He just wanted to make it to my first boxing fight and witness the birth of his second grandkid," he wrote in a text message to a KATU reporter. "He was an amazing grandpa, and in spite of all he put us through, we loved him."
The officer involved in the shooting was not hurt. He was put on administrative leave and was later identified as Officer Consider Vosu.
The Portland Police Bureau says the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov.